I was going to talk about the new Kindle Fire and e-readers in general today, but Ellen Brickley has already done so and covered more or less everything I wanted to say. For me, the key issue with the new Kindle Fire is that it appears to be back-lit. This is an absolute no-no for me. As a migraine sufferer the last thing I want is more time using a back-lit screen. If this is also an issue for you, read Ellen's post or let me know how you feel about back-lit readers in the comments section below.
Finally, you may have noticed that I have removed the mock covers for my science fiction and young adult works-in-progress. I made the decision to do so after reading through all the comments for my What A Difference A Cover Makes post. After some thought, I concluded the following:
- Making a mock cover for a WIP can both inspire and motivate a writer.
- However, it can lead to confusion and possible disappointment amongst readers if ultimately it is not the cover used upon publication.
For those reasons I have decided to keep the mock covers private and for inspiration only (they are printed and posted on my noticeboard). I will only do a cover reveal when it is the actual cover (here's hoping they are actually published of course).
Whilst I am talking about covers, Susan Kaye Quinn did a superb post on avoiding cover art duplicates. This is of particular importance to anyone self-publishing. Definitely worth a read.
Do you think I've made the right decision by removing my mock covers? Have you come to any major conclusions about your writing this week?