Books: so much more appealing when they have covers

Occasionally I take a post off from Daddy Blogging in order to talk about blogging or writing in general. This usually happens when another blogger tags me for some type of event that’s going around the blogging community. Then, I put the kids to bed and talk about my blogging process or the writing life.

This is like that, but different. I’m taking off the Daddy Blogger hat, but not at the behest of other bloggers. I’m doing it on my own, in order to make some exciting announcements.

The thing about me and announcements is I’m not very good at them. They make me nervous. People will know my plans, so now I have to follow through on them. I’d rather finish my projects and then say, “See? That’s what I did.” But that doesn’t build any hype, and hype is part of marketing, and marketing is what you’re supposed to do at times like this. So I’m told by successful writers.

And I want to be successful.

So, announcements.

We have cover art!

Last time I took off the Daddy Blogger hat, I mentioned that I’m working on publishing a new book. It seems like I’ve been working on publishing this book forever. One of the delays was finding the right artist to do the cover. I finally found her. Her name is Jessica O’Brien. She did this awesome artwork.




I just have to get the final proofing done and we’ll finally have a book. Cross your fingers.

And when will this final proofing be done? Ha! You actually expect a man with my dread of announcements to give a date? Don’t worry; I’ll make an announcement.

I’m working on a new blog.

As part of this book rollout, I’ve replaced my author website with a new WordPress blog. My static website was a completely amateurish endeavor, built by me, a completely amateurish web designer. In moving to WordPress I hope to do more with less (time and money). That savings should allow me to maintain two blogs at once. We’ll see about that, won’t we?

At the other blog, I will be writing about writing. If that’s the sort of thing that excites you, you probably have issues, so you should go here and click “follow” right away.

This blog will remain.

I’m proud of this blog. It’s not the most widely read blog, but I think it has its entertaining moments. (Click the Index of Posts tab at the top to see everywhere it’s been.) But when you are trying to publish a book, write another one, transition a website, work a full-time job, and raise three boys, time can get tight. (Note to the homeowners association: this has nothing to do with why my lawn is eight inches high; it rains every time I try to mow, so tell it to the weatherman.)

I cut down to posting once per week here over the summer. Maybe once my obsession with this new book eases, I’ll be able to post more. I hope so, because Daddy Blogging is the most fun writing I do.

P.S. My apologies to those who read the title and thought this would be a fun post about toddlers tearing the covers off books.


21 comments on “Books: so much more appealing when they have covers

  1. currankentucky says:

    I love the cover art, we humans like something to pop out at us, grab us, the artwork on a book is hugely important! Best wishes on the proofing!

  2. I like this blog. So what if it’s not the most widely read blog in the world. I saw some chic who wrote some boring crap on food get her own show. Not that food isn’t interesting, but her crap was BO-RING. You’re awesome. Keep daddy blogging forever!

  3. Michelle says:

    I love the artwork! Good luck!!

  4. Julie Burton says:

    I’ll read whatever you got…daddy blog…new blog…new book…Bring it.

  5. This is so great!! I’m very excited for you. And funny you mention websites, because I am literally minutes away from beginning the process of building my author site, and that whole “maintaining two sites” is going to be a big discussion. And I obviously have issues, so I’m totally going to go follow your other site.

    So I realized I need to get around to reading your books 🙂 I’ll go do that right after I cut my grass, which is likely as long as yours. Looking forward to the next big announcement! Congrats!

    • Two websites can be tough, which is why I switched mine over to WP. I found that I lacked the time and the expertise to maintain a self-hosted site and I couldn’t justify paying somebody else to do it.
      Better get going on that lawn. You don’t want to come home to find a friendly reminder tacked to your door. The books will still be there at the end.

  6. pieterk515 says:

    So I’ve read and now click, click and follow. Simple. And I’m a better man for doing it… Congrats and good luck on the new book.

  7. yearstricken says:

    I enjoy your writing, Scott, and look forward to more of it.

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