As I have said before, WMG Publishing is going through all the backlist I put up early and redoing everything, from covers to blurbs to uploads. And proofing the stories as well. I have been doing many of my own, and over the last day or so, I’ve gone back and found what I thought what was one of the ugliest covers we had yet to fix.
Now understand, I did all these really ugly covers two-plus years ago as all this indie stuff was getting started. And I just never bothered to get around to fixing them. My attitude then was to get them up. They didn’t have to be good covers or blurbs, they had to be up. (Wow have things changed since the indie publishing has started to mature.)
That attitude built WMG Publishing Inc. But now we are really working hard to clean out the old stuff to give WMG Publishing a completely professional look.
So I picked (as the ugliest cover left) one of my short stories “The Yellow of the Flickering Past.” It’s a goofy, funny ghost story that was in Wizards Fantastic originally out of Daw Books and edited by Martin H. Greenberg. The story has now been proofed, reformatted, new cover, new blurb, and loaded into the electronic sites and will be out in stand-alone trade paperback in a couple of days. (More than likely the electronic old stuff hasn’t changed out yet either. That takes a number of days, so don’t go trying to buy it yet or you’ll get the old book. Trust me, you don’t want that edition. (grin))
In other words, I tossed everything away and just started over with this story, as I have had to do with almost all of my early stories from that first year. And yes, I did both covers myself.
Notice on the new one I put this in the branding style I have been doing with all the short stories that are going into paperback.
I thought you might like to see the two covers. The old one and the new one. For a laugh.
Old on the left. (Duh)
New on the right.
In a few days that old one will be gone forever.
Here is the full wrap-around for the trade paper. This story is about 4,000 words, so it will be about 34 pages.