Monday, 1 October 2012

Want to know a secret & help choose a tagline?

Actually, there are two. Evil chuckle.

Firstly, over the last two years I have written approximately 190,000 words. Can you believe it? And that is not counting my blog posts. Have you added up your word output? You might be surprised at the number you reach.

Secondly, I am putting together two short story collections. I realised some time ago I have a plethora of short stories either now out of their one-year anthology contracts or as yet unpublished. So, after some thought and nail-biting, I have decided to self-publish two eBooks short story collections. I'm so excited I want to squeal with delight. I am also nervous about getting everything right, but I know there is an abundance of help and advice out there.



Despite my love for making mock covers, I have decided to have the covers done professionally. I have found a designer I like, Ida Jansson, and we are currently working on two book covers. These will be her first covers, so this will be a first for her as well. You can get a feel for her designs here.

Update: The image to the left is not one of the covers for my short story collections. I will be doing a cover reveal nearer to publication.


In the meantime, I am re-visiting each story to see if any editing needs to be done. Then will come the proofreading, formatting, legalities and so forth. As I do not want to be too much of a tease and leave you with nothing, I can tell you the collections will be called Passing Time and Taking Time. Passing Time will contain darker fiction and Taking Time will be purely science fiction.

Now for your help. Whilst I have the titles, I am not one hundred per cent sure about the taglines. Could you take a look and let me know what you think of the tagline for each book?

They are:

PASSING TIME
AND OTHER SPECULATIVE FICTION STORIES

TAKING TIME
AND OTHER SCIENCE FICTION STORIES  


One other question, should the tagline for Passing Time be 'AND OTHER DARKER FICTION STORIES'?

Thank you for your thoughts in advance; they are always greatly appreciated. So, those are my two secrets. What about you? Are you working on anything hush hush at the moment?

41 comments:

  1. The term 'Speculative Fiction' has often been mooted as a replacement for 'Science Fiction', since the latter calls to mind Buck Rodgers, ray guns and space ships when a lot of books within the Science Fiction genre are nothing of the kind. So it depends on your personal definition of what science Fiction is. If you divide the darker fiction from the hardware kind in your own mind then, probably a lot of others will too, so adding ‘darker’ will attract those people who are going to reject Science Fiction out of hand.
    No fiction at present, too much else to write up.

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    1. Thank you for your thoughts, Snafu. I think you are right. Perhaps speculative fiction is too close to ray guns and space ships, as you suggest? Whereas dark fiction suggests horror. I'll be interested to read other comments to see what they say.

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  2. I like Taking Time and its tagline best!!!

    GOOD LUCK Ellie!! Take care
    x

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  3. Taking Time is my choice.

    And yes, I've been working on a secret project with another author (gotta love Google Docs) since June. Out of my typical genre, but it's been awesome!

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    1. Glad you like Taking Time. I'm actually doing both - Passing Time will be dark fiction and Taking Time, science fiction.

      Your secret project sounds intriguing, especially as it's not your usual genre. And with another author as well.

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  4. I like them both! I think they're both strong.

    I look forward to seeing your covers!

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    1. Thank you, Emily. I will be doing a cover reveal shortly.

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  5. You could use dark fiction if you want instead of speculative fiction- Though spec fiction I thought was part of science fiction.

    You could also use alternate fiction
    or Fantasy- I'm not quite sure what stories you are using or what genre they apply too other than dark fiction which could range anywhere from sci-fi to horror- to dark romance.

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    1. Good points, Summer. I think as most of the stories are horror, it would be better to go with dark fiction. Thanks for the advice!

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  6. I like Taking Time tagline. Like Summer I also thought that Spec fiction was a part of science fiction.

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    1. Thanks for your thoughts, Rachna. So far everyone is pointing towards me using dark fiction instead of speculative fiction.

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  7. Hi Ellie - I'll be interested to see everyone else's comments - it's not something I know enough about .. so I shall enjoy the learning process. Have fun choosing ...

    Cheers Hilary

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  8. I think they are both great titles although I am no expert on the different definitions of science fiction! Look forward to seeing your covers when they are ready. Good luck with everything.

    Nothing hush hush at the moment although I'm always hoping I may have good news to share about an outstanding project.

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    1. Thanks, Suzanne. I hope you have good news as well.

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  9. I'd say that if the focus of Passing Time is dark fiction then you definitely should make that as clear as possible. The "darkness" of fiction is one of those dividing lines where some people like it and some really don't and you want to make it as easy as possible for people to figure out if you're writing something they will like.

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    1. Thank you for the great advice, Sarah. I think you are right about making the content clear.

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  10. I'm really surprised you opted to hire a professional for the cover art. I feel you have the chops to do it yourself.

    Ref: titles
    Here you have me a tad confused (not that that's hard to do).

    Is "time" a theme in your collection? If I were picking this up, my first thoughts is that this would be a time travel or time themed anthology. If it's not, you might want to find the thread that connects this anthology and use it in your tag or title.

    I would also be more implicit with the tagline since we have less than a second to catch the reader's interest. For Taking Time, you might want to tag it with something like "The dark side of science fiction".

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    1. Thank you for your thoughts and advice, Maria.

      I was actually expecting you to say that about the covers. I definitely had a vision of what I wanted, and whilst I could put together a mock cover, I don't have the technical expertise or software to make it a great cover. Maybe in the future I will look at doing my own but at the moment I am leaving it to someone who knows what they are doing.

      Both collections have time as a theme, though Passing Time is much darker than Taking Time. So, I will be wording the tagline as 'and other dark fiction stories'. Hopefully, the covers themselves will also give an indication of what they contain. And of course there will also be the back cover blurbs.

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  11. I like the darker fiction tag for the first better. People's definitions of spec fiction are often wrong, so they may not have an accurate idea of what the stories are about. The point is to attract the folks who will enjoy it.

    The second one looks great.

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    1. Thanks for the awesome advice - I am definitely going with darker fiction in Passing Time's tagline.

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  12. As Summer and a few others said, I like "dark fiction" instead of spec fiction. It tells of the mood better. Congrats on getting these two books together!
    As for me, I've got a YA dark fantasy releasing on the 22nd of this month. *bouncing on the ceiling*

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  13. not sure if you know him, but charlesgramlich.blogspot.com can tell you how he set up his ebook margins, layouts, etc ...his wife did the covers... he also has 4 novels out by a small press publisher - teaches psychology full time in louisiana... writes non-fiction as well, including two writing guides

    google ebook covers and use ideas that sold as guides for your own books

    as for tags, keep them simple, so as not to add cover clutter

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    1. Thank you! Will be paying him a visit.

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  14. i love the cover! the purple is great...something i am secretly working on? i'd have to say i'm secretly writing the next best seller...muahahaha. :)

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    1. I think I have managed to confuse a few people - the image on this post is not the cover. Need to post an update!

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  15. Adore the cover, jolly super styling, purple and black always mysteriously good.

    Oh and yes, darker is more a fit I think, it also encourages reading me, at least it would to me!

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    1. I think I have managed to confuse a few people - the image on this post is not the cover. Need to post an update!

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  16. Good for you. You're steaming ahead to success!

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  17. i like playing with covers too, yours are great!
    and cumulative word count? wow! good question!
    tag lines...
    passing time and other tempting tales...
    taking time and other extraterrestrial experiences...depends on the subject of the sci fi

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  18. Good luck with this.

    About the cover, my only problem is my old lady eyes. I find the text small and hard to read. Other than that it's gorgeous.

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    1. Again, I think everyone has mistakenly seen the image above as my cover. Glad you like it, though.

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  19. I'm not working on anything hush hush so to speak (at least for the moment), but I have thought about publishing some more short stories.

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