Like so many of us here at The Grip, I'm not big on technology. I've had the same cell phone since 2005. It doesn't even have a camera. No biggie, because my camera has a camera. I own three computers, but no tablets or e-readers. In fact, work aside, I've never read a book digitally. I like to hold a book in my hands. I'm old-fashioned, that way. Bad young person! Bad!
Hmm... I seem to be using the word "defunct" a lot. I'm kind of amazed I'm still here when so many publishers, websites and retailers have closed their doors.
Anyhoo, ebooks kind of took off, didn't they? I have a lot of them on the market. 100? 200? I don't know. I've lost track. I stretched myself a little thin, sending work to a number of different publishing houses. One of my absolute favourites, eXcessica, started out as a co-op. After a few years, it grew into even more of a co-op, meaning things like cover art and formatting became the author's responsibility.
|I made this cover.|
But when the alternative is spending money on a cover artist? Well, you know me--I'm that delightful combination of cheap and impoverished, so time to figure out how to use technology.
|Made this one too.|
I've heard other people say they tried GIMP and gave up on it. I hear you,
writers! It is NOT user-friendly. Two years later, I still struggle with it when I'm trying to do something I don't know or have forgotten how to do. But, to tell you the truth, I love creating book covers now... mostly because shopping for stock photos is really just a convenient excuse for staring at boobs and calling it work.
|I even took the picture!|
I'll have to tell you about delving into another realm I swore I'd never enter--self-publishing--but that's a post for another day...