COVER for On Thin Ice


Hi Friends and Readers

This is a post about my novel. I have asked friends in the Netherlands to send me a photo that I could use for the cover of my novel, a collection of interrelated short stories with the title ON THIN ICE. As they recently had a cold snap long enough for the canals to form ice to skate on, I got lucky and here are some photos that I think are very suitable.  This is maybe a one in ten year event, so the universe is obliging. Thanks friends!

I would love it if you were willing to share your thoughts about what would be your choice for a cover, by adding your comments below.

You can find more information about the novel ON THIN ICE, what I think might be the readers and what the  short stories are about  at http://www.babyboomerwites.com. The stories start in Amsterdam, and the main protagonist as well as other characters were raised in the Netherlands. About a third into the book, the location then switches to Canada, the reason for a photo of Amsterdam. What do you think?

I have written to 3 agents and 19 Canadian publishers without results, although I am waiting for replies from a few (7)  yet.  I plan to continue now with publishers in the US, although the placing of the novel outside of the US might be a barrier to acceptance, but we’ll see. Advice from other authors is to not give up and just continue writing. I am half-way into the first draft of my next book.

Anyway, I am ready to launch my first book when it comes back from the editor’s last inspection. I have decided to first start with a self-published ebook, and see how it goes from there. My selection of e-publisher will be BookBaby that  also can deliver small quantities in print, if so desired. I just might do so, if there is any interest for printed copies. They charge a decent fee and all rights stay in my hands.

I would very much welcome any feedback about preference for a printed copy or an ebook  copy,  if you were going to buy my book.

I would also really appreciate any feedback and any other ideas you might have about  the cover photos posted below, as I can use all the help I can get.

One more favour to ask: when you are on my FACEBOOK page for ON THIN ICE,  I would very much appreciate it if you would click on the “like” icon, to help with recognition of the site.

Thanks so much.

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About BABYBOOMER johanna van zanten

My name is Johanna van Zanten. I am a baby boomer, interested in writing and connecting with other writers and readers to engage in discussions and information sharing, to share a point of view about current global issues, writing, and publishing, diversity, immigration, travel, music, life, specific baby boomer issues, and dating/relationship issues. I have written a novella, ON THIN ICE about baby-boomer Adrienne and will link this blog with the information website for this novella. Right now, I am trying out the blog.
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2 Responses to COVER for On Thin Ice

  1. Malou says:

    Wishing you all the best on your book launch, Johanna. Indeed the advice to not give up and continue on writing is something I heard from successful authors like Nicholas Sparks. 😉

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