A full moon for the election, counts on Friday the 13th, and we were meant to leave on Halloween. Is Boris working his way through the horror film catalogue?
Anyway, I voted. Nothing more I can do about it and I’m not sitting around all night watching results pop up one by one. This place is a straight fight between Tories and SNP and the SNP lost it a while back with their attacks on alcohol. Well, it’s smack in the middle of whisky country. Lots of rural pubs buggered by the Scottish drink-drive limits and minimum pricing just made it worse. I’ll be really surprised if they can take it back.
I’ll find out tomorrow. I hear the exit polls have Bozza winning. Twitter is full of Corbynites hurling abuse and threats. They’ll never see it, will they?
Meanwhile I have a rather more important thing to worry about. I have copies of The Silence of the Elves and the cover has printed with an overall blue cast. It looks dreadful. I can’t put in an entirely new cover this close to Christmas and anyway, all three books will be available as an omnibus edition in a month or so. That will have an entirely new cover.
So, I have brightened the background, outlined the title text to make it clearer and tried to set the colour balance to offset the printer’s blue cast. It’s loaded but it’ll take a couple of days to show up.
It doesn’t affect the eBook versions too much but it really does matter for the print book. I changed the Kindle cover too since if they don’t match, Amazon might not link the Kindle and print version on their site.
Next year I’ll need to have covers ready in advance. I’ll also have to close the submissions window earlier. I’d only left myself a week between closing and publication, didn’t expect the volume of submissions and it really wasn’t enoiugh time.
Next Christmas the cover will be done before the submissions even start. In fact that will apply to all the anthologies. I’ll need a few suitable images all prepared for each one, so I have a choice of readymades to add titles onto.
I really didn’t expect the anthologies to grow this fast. Better get ready for an onslaught for the next one!