Dreaming of a Win

I’m taking a few moments of your time not to toot my own horn but to share and help as I learn.
I entered a book cover contest with Authorsdb back in August. Upon entering, I was confident that it would do well. I felt this way because I absolutely loved the cover myself. Not only because it was mine but because it told the story before even opening the book. And I think this is one of the key things to remember when designing a cover. I didn’t physically design it myself, I had a vision, and a few ideas. I knew what I wanted and didn’t want. After conveying this with the designer, they nailed it on the first try.

Without reading a blurb or a review, one can tell that the two characters depicted on the cover are inmorally different places. The character on the left is Stilo, he’s the voice of Strength, the Good guy. The character on the right is RIP and is the voice of Rage. He can be heard whispering, “Give up, orCommit Suicide.”
Rip is the Bad guy. I hope the impression of conflict & struggle emerge when someone sees the cover.
So, when I  made it to the Semi Finals in the contest, I was very happy. I was excited that people were voting and showing support. ASMSG members played a huge part in that. And I’m truly thankful for the ever present support they show.
I’m still very new at being a writer, I have much to learn. Often I’m learing these things by trial & error. I recently released my second publication only to pull it 2 days later because of a hastily mademistake. I’m going to release a Revised version of it soon but the whole experience really had myspirits low. The editor of my first book City of the Guardians wasn’t available during the Month of December and I’d planned to release the book December 25th. Well, instead of being patient and waiting, I decided to edit it to the best of my ability and release it. And that was a mistake. It wasn’t ready for the world to see and I should’ve just moved the release date up a few weeks. Any who, she’s editing it now and I’m excited about Re-Releasing it. Lesson learned:)
After that hard learned lesson, I desperately needed a little pick me up and received in the form of a tweet.
@beelkirk #author BOOK COVER FINALIST Congratulations! http://authorsdb.com/author-publicity/book-cover-contest … Download Badge #covercontest pls RT
And just like that, I knew I was doing something right. So I push on, I stay open to constructive criticism, I help people as much as I can, and I keep believing in my dream.
Bee
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Allow Me To Introduce You…

My 1st Book…

 I began working on my, now finished book, ‘The City of the Guardians: Introducing Alex Honor’ almost 4 years ago..Ikr…4 years. It’s a long but inspiring story of why it seems I took 4 years to complete a book. This link will catch you up…http://beelkirk.com/how_it_began

Ok, now that you are caught up, you understand why I feel this book is something that I was meant to do.

I’m Anxious…

 I want the world to know about this book and it’s message RIGHT NOW. Patience, I have to remind myself that anything worth having is worth waiting for. So, I will continue my endless effort of emailing, blogging, calling and telling people my books story. I say endless because I will never stop telling the story.

The Entire World…

 My publisher asked me who my target audience was and I knew he was going to ask this. So, I told him the truth. EVERYbody. The entire world has experienced a nudge or quiet whisper. Everyone has experienced that little voice that says, ‘Don’t go there today or slow down’. Everyone……

The City of the Guardians gives you the opportunity to see what those little whispers and nudges look like and what they really think about us.

                   *****FYI: THIS IS NOT A CHILDREN’S BOOK******

 Here are some of the Guardians in the story:

Stilo

Description of the Guardian named Stilo:

He represents Strength & is 6’8 / 251 lbs.

He is the one who whispers ‘You can do it, don’t give up, keep going’

Rip

Description of the Guardian named Rip:

He represents RAGE & is 6’8 / 250lbs.

He is the one whispering ‘Kill, Hurt, Destroy’

Cadence

“Warm greetings, I understand and am sorry for any pain or disappointment you have experienced. I am here though. I come to ease the burden of life.”

My name is Cadence and I am your compassion.

~Cadence

Hurl

Description of the Guardian named Hurl:

He represents Hate & is 6’2 / 230 lbs.

He is the one who whispers ‘Don’t you hate your body?, you’ll never be perfect, I hate every race on this planet, except mine’

Mica

Description of the Guardian named Mica:

He represents Mercy.

He is 6’1 and has Solid White Hair that is always blowing.

He whispers ‘Forgive them, you’ve been forgiven before, give them another chance’

 

City of the Guardians: Introducing Alex Honor is available at the links below:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/City-of-the-Guardians-ebook/dp/B00ESG4SQO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379994246&sr=8-1&keywords=bee+l+kirk

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/city-of-the-guardians-bee-l-kirk/1116744047?ean=9781628390148

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