Work in Progress

I’m chugging along on it! About 3/4 of the way done, I’m thinking. Though who knows 🙂

I’m really trying to be healthier about writing and publishing, and not get swept up in the tidal wave of self-doubt that usually consumes me. I think I have pretty much come to terms with the fact that my stories are just a bit quirky, and will likely never have a wide audience, and that’s okay. I’d rather write what I enjoy and not market too much anyway. Let’s be honest: I suck at self-promotion and marketing!

Sometimes as I’m writing I hit a little wall and need a distraction, so I work on cover design ideas. Mostly this is a waste of time, as I’ll likely purchase a cover image in the end, but it’s a fun sideline.

Current dilemma: shirtless dude on the cover, or not?

I like the idea of a shirtless guy (or preferably, two) because my work is fairly erotic, and I like to be clear about that. But then I feel like maybe its too shallow. My work is explicit, but I think I also give a good story, with lots of emotion. So I’m not sure if the shirtless dudes help me or hurt me, marketing-wise.

This is the guy I’m liking for the cover, if I design it myself. He kind of looks like how I picture one of my MCs (Murdoch) who is a seal shifter (Selkie!!) Though his hair is longer in my story, and I don’t describe him with facial hair. He is meant to be super muscular, and has a great sense of humor.

If anyone is reading this and has an opinion about shirtless men on the covers of steamy Romance novels, I’d love to hear your thoughts!