It seems I’ve chosen this week to pay my own work some attention. I’m certain you’ll indulge me as I do not do this often or as often as I should. The cover for Bullies and Soggy Soup Bones, although cute and proper, quickly ran its course with me. I’ve grown tired of it more than a year ago.
I generally hate photoshopped stock images. I have nothing against this sort of art, of course. It’s just a stylistic choice. I prefer illustrated or painted covers, but it all depends on the story and the genre and what fits within the limits set by both these conditions.
Anyway, I took the plunge and I replaced the cover with something appropriate and while I was in there I also reformatted everything. Here is the new cover:
I like this new one a lot better than I do the other one. The doggie here also looks remarkably like Snapples in the story.
Instead of selling it to you, I’ll refer you to a four-star review the story received a while ago. It’s a beautiful review that I think will convince you to give Bullies and Soggy Soup Bones a try.
“This is a nice little story all centered around one event: a bully act and the way a young boy faces it. His strength comes from a friend. A furry, four-legged friend. His dog, who teaches him what courage and determination are. The relationship between the boy and the dog is what I liked more about this story, even more than the central conflict. It’s simple, genuine, believable, sweet and touching. I think it conveys a message that goes beyond the episode of the bully guy. It’s a story of friendship, above all, and what friendship gives to us. What it give to our soul, when that feeling is genuine. It’s an uplifting story. A nice, good one.”
~JazzFeathers on December 08, 2015
Bullies and Soggy Soup Bones is about bullying and about how it feels to be bullied. Although this story is purely fictional I do have memories of being bullied. Those are not comfortable memories. And yet they are tolerable because of time and age, and because I dealt with the bullies at the time. I didn’t always win, but neither did they escape unscathed. Yet, I still remember the fear. A palpable fear that is both pervasive and unrelenting, even when you do stand up for yourself. This is a story about finding courage despite that fear.
Bullies and Soggy Soup Bones is available on Amazon and a variety of other retailers. You can even buy it direct from me if you want to support my art. However, I’m giving it away free to subscribers.
As a writer, I try to build my mailing list so that when I publish more books, whether through the indie route or through a publisher, I can email my subscribers. The idea behind growing a subscribers list is to create an immediate group of people I hope would want to read my new stories. The bigger the group the bigger the push my stories get. At the end of the day, my goal is to find as many readers as possible. And my dream with that goal is to inspire and entertain enough readers to do this writing thing full-time.
If you’ve read this story before, please leave review on Goodreads and/or tell other people about it. You’ll have my eternal thanks.
I’ll have a post soon outlining my writing schedule for 2017.