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Don’t let Mr Bezos, Mr Gates, or even Mr Trump fool you. Nobody ever built anything substantial by themselves. They all needed help, especially when they started out – and you and I are no different.Book cover

Writing the book is the fun part. It oft-times may not seem so on those ‘dark and stormy nights’ when your muse has deserted you – the white paper of the Word document staring back at you like an opaque white mirror. Even so, writing your book is almost always the easiest part of your journey. This comes as a sharp shock to many who, on dashing off that closing killer paragraph then breathe a sigh of relief. It’s done; it’s all finally on record. Whoopee!

Now comes the slog, the editing, the checking, the formatting, the beta readers – does the list never end? Sorry, no – there’s still the cover to be done, the blurb for the back page if it’s going to print and a dozen or so others bits and bobs. It’s a three-ring circus – and you’re the ringmaster!

This is not Harry Potter land – more’s the pity. There’s no Hagrid, Quidditch or Hogwarts knocking around in either your or my neck of the woods. J.K. Rowling has sole rights to those and she worked damned hard to get them – we all do. I have no magic spells. But I do have a cunning plan, of a much superior quality to Baldrick’s best.

I have many years of experience in web design which I largely gave up to write when I retired. Have finished a book or two I find myself back in the design, blogging and website game – full circle. Like most writers, I prefer the writing rather than all the ‘stuff’ that goes with as baggage. So, when it came to a re-design of the cover for the newly titled Deception for Power and Profit, I put it out to tender.

I decided I’d check out both ends of the scale – Fiverr and the professionals. Fiverr’s best was asking for around $50. You don’t get a lot for $50 these days in design, and that was what I got – not a lot. It was fine, basic but pedestrian – no pizzazz. If you took a book with that cover off the shelf and bought it, it wasn’t because the cover had worked its magic. Okay so, what about the pros? Well, now we’re into serious money. I struck a deal for $250. Writing of the main article continued but there was always that thrill of anticipation in the background for what the designer might come up with.

To keep a long, tawdry and unhappy situation polite, the result was not as expected. I could do as well or better myself – so I did. What I didn’t get was my money back but we always pay for experience so it’s a lesson learned.

It was probably musing on my misspent cash which caused the spark of a solution. If I was having such problems so were others. Hmm, I’d yet to organise the marketing of my books and if there’s a group of things I hate, (apart from the obvious politicians and bankers) it’s marketing and social media. Twitter, Facebook and I just don’t get on. You know how it was when that distant old aunt with a stubbly kid gave you a kiss when you were a kid? Well, that’s me and social media. Yet millions love it. Oh well, each to his own.

Ping! Where do these creative thoughts spring from – probably Hogwarts, I guess. Whatever – it suddenly struck me others may not enjoy book cover design like me. Maybe they felt about it like me and social media. They were stuck. as I was initially, with a tough choice of cheap & cheerful from Fiverr and the rest or run the hard-handed gauntlet of a pro-job which may or may not work out. How about I offer to do book-covers in return for a bit of social media from others? No deals, no cash, just helping each other out. PdePages Book Covers was born.

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deception – birth

deception – birth

Deception for Power and Profit Book 1This book is no Johnny-come-lately. The seeds lay dormant beneath the hard earth of reality for many years. In many ways, it is, in essence, a summation of all my Alice-in-Wonderland surprises of over half a century’s living in several different countries and societies.

Distilled from many and varied times spent both at summer balls, complete with white-tie, champagne cocktails and ushers, to others beside the high-street cardboard mattress crew. It’s based on wide experience and a laser-look at some very dodgy but all too commonly accepted ideas. It really is time to wake up.

In fact, those Alice-in-Wonderland feelings prompted the original title which was Fairy Tales for Grown Ups. This was a popular choice until a wise marketer pointed out it was good but was also going to upset a whole bunch of people. No matter if on Google or Amazon, Mums seeking bed-time stories for youngsters were the ones who were going to be entering the keywords Fairy Tales. Deception for Power and Profit Book 2

 They were going to be more than a little upset when they came across a book detailing the shenanigans of modern society. Whilst such bed-time reading might well have prepared their tender-offspring better for the tricks and traps of modern life, when it came to settling down to sleep, Thomas the Tank Engine and his pals were a better bet. The result would be no sale, frustrated Mums and the two big search engines for books both pointing everybody down the wrong alley. It had to go.

 And so, Deception for Power and Profit was born. This, one would hope, left little or no doubt to the browsing book-seeker what lay between the covers. People with that odd, queasy intuition things in today’s society were not quite as they should be, would find what they were looking for and the infants could slumber between their own covers innocent, untroubled and uninformed. No matter, their time would come

 Many notes were kept over many years ending up with an incredible stack shuffled into a fantastic note-taking app called Bear. I recommended it to you. Like a distant oasis in the desert, the destination was hazy and distant. There were many mirages along the way. Eventually, the idea got a skeleton and, bit by bit, factual meat was hung upon its bones.

Maybe there was, like in Snoopy’s case, a dark and stormy night. For suddenly it seemed touched by lightning. The whole project came to life. Swiftly it took on the energy of a bowl of fermenting yeast, a very sorcerer’s apprentice of a book – there was no controlling it. Originally intended as a brief ebook of around 40,000 words, it tripled in size. An adjustment was clearly needed.Deception for Power and Profit Book 3

After much dithering, the obvious answer arrived like a bucket of cold water – split it into three ebooks. And that is what happened. As I write, Book 1 is coming up to its final edit and should be published in late November. Book 2 is scheduled for the end of this year, 2018 with the final one, Book 3 arriving in the first month or two of 2019.

At that point, all three ebooks will be combined into a door-stopper single book, in both paperback and hardback. After all, if we’re going to cut down the trees, it can at least be used as a door-stopper if nobody reads it. 🙂

In subsequent posts, I’ll be covering each book in more detail.


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Don't let Mr Bezos, Mr Gates, or even Mr Trump fool you. Nobody ever built anything substantial by themselves. They all needed help, especially when they started out - and you and I are no different. Writing the book is the fun part. It oft-times may not seem so on...

deception – birth

This book is no Johnny-come-lately. The seeds lay dormant beneath the hard earth of reality for many years. In many ways, it is, in essence, a summation of all my Alice-in-Wonderland surprises of over half a century's living in several different countries...

deception Book 1

Ignorance is cheap. And then it costs you everything.– Rachael Watts 2017 Just five months after America’s 9/11 Twin Towers outrage, Donald Rumsfeld, the then US Secretary of Defense, gave a master-class in dissimulation at a defence department briefing. His theme was...

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