The time has finally come – I have finished my final and I mean, FINAL read-through of ‘From Here to Nashville,’ my debut novel. It is now ready to go to the proofreader and so, I feel confident enough to let the world (that means you, dear readers) see my new cover for the book. Drum roll, if you please…

And here it is! I am so pdfw-js-fhtn-cover-smallleased with the cover that Design for Writers created for me and I have had some good early feedback from subscribers to my newsletter who had a sneak peek of the book cover last Tuesday before anyone else. Sending out my newsletter was an interesting challenge but it seemed to be successful because by the following day, I had more than double the number of original subscribers. If you’d like to sign up to my newsletter, here’s the link. I use Mailchimp for my newsletters and if you want to have a go at setting it all up for yourself, here’s a post I wrote about it when I first tried it out.

I also managed to include the book trailer I have been working on in the newsletter. I created it using a website called Stupeflix, although I tried out a number of others beforehand, like Animoto and Vimeo. It took a long time to find suitable photos for it to go with the text I had written but once I’d done that, it was relatively easy. I found the music on a royalty free music site, called Bensound. Then it was just a question of putting it all together. If I had lots more time, I would probably still tweak a few things but I’m mostly happy with it. Once it was complete, I uploaded it to YouTube and kept it as ‘unlisted’ until all my subscribers had had the chance to watch it. It is now public so anyone can see it but here’s the video below if you’d like to watch it now. I’d love to know what you think about it so do leave me a comment below.

I have also started uploading my details to the Kindle Direct Publishing page so that I can be as close to ready for my launch as possible when FHTN comes back from the proofreader. This has led me to discover the delights of providing tax information as a non-US publisher. You may not be aware if you live in the UK that if you want to publish your ebook to Amazon and receive your full royalty payments, you will have to prove to the IRS that you are eligible for the waiver of the 30% tax rate in the US and would prefer to pay tax at the UK 20% tax rate instead. This may take some time so for the moment, I will have to pay tax at the 30% rate!
I would like to make my book available for pre-order so I put in the date I’m aiming for as my publication day and it then said that I have to upload my finished book by ten days before the publication day. That wouldn’t leave me very long after I get it back from the proofreader. I think I could upload a draft version but I’m scared about mixing them up! So this one may be a case of having to wait and see.

So, what will I do next? Well, I have signed up to the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme again and I would like to submit my second book this year. The first draft is at 80,000 words but most of these are not right! I keep adding to my outline in Scrivener how I want the story to go but now I have to really knuckle down and get the actual story right, as well as finished. It will only be the very first draft that I’m able to submit if I can manage all that. Still, you have to start somewhere and at least I have something to go with. I will try and finish the outline over the next couple of weeks at least but then I’ll have to get back to FHTN and its publication and marketing. No peace for the wicked, as they say 😉

Thanks for reading, as always and I would love to hear your comments on my book cover and my book trailer 🙂


16 Comments on Time to reveal my cover and book trailer!

  1. Really love the video and think you have done a fantastic job setting it all up. Having read the original draft, I can’t wait to read the reworked edition. Is there an actual published date? You have worked so hard on this, I wish you every success xxx

    • Thank you! The final version will be much changed from those early chapters you read eons ago 🙂 No definite date but aiming for mid February. I need to get it back from the proofreader before deciding on the final pub date. Thanks for taking the time to comment 🙂

  2. Yay! Love the cover – all that work has been worth it 🙂 And the trailer is awesome, Julie – I’m going to be tapping you for some info about how to do that before long. Glad to have found your blog and looking forward to reading From Here to Nashville 🙂

    • Hey, Jo, long time no speak 🙂 Thanks for following and for your kind comments. I’m so pleased with the cover and you’re right, it was definitely worth it. Glad you like the trailer too. Stupeflix worked well for me but there are others. If you need any help at all, give me a shout 🙂 Hope all is well with you and your writing too x

    • Thanks, Terry. I’m really glad you like it. The feedback has been positive from all around so that feels great 🙂 Can’t wait to get it out there now (well, I am feeling a bit nervous about it but I’m going to go through with it!)

    • Thank you! I’m glad you like the cover. Sorry you can’t watch the trailer 🙁 Thanks for your good wishes, not long to go now!

    • Thank you, Janice, I really appreciate that. It feels so strange to be this close to the end after so long. The next phase almost seems more frightening though but fingers crossed it will all go well 🙂

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