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Smashwords Interview

How do you approach cover design?
Today, the partners in Bapton Books: Markham Shaw Pyle and GMW Wemyss: answer some questions.

MSP: Carefully.
GMWW: (Don't be an ass, old man.) But, yes: One approaches cover design with respect. It's the first-footing, really, isn't it. And genres of course have certain expectations in cover design. The thing to do with that, naturally, is to meet those expectations ... with a twist of originality.
MSP: Yes.... On the other hand, with books increasingly sold - I mean books on dead tree as well as e-books - over the Interwebs as well as in brick and mortar shops, a cover design has to work - and work legibly - online and in thumbnail, as well as on the actual hard copy.
GMWW: Oh, quite. And fiction, particularly, has its conventions that do drive sales. For example, the first novel in a series may have the title at the head, the series name as a slug, and the author's name at the foot; but subsequent entries in the series are well advised to put the author's name and the series slug at the head. People want 'the latest [Author Name]', not 'New Title I can't quite recall, love...'.
MSP: So, yes, tread right carefully. It matters.
What's the story behind your next collaboration?
MSP: War, and the pity of war - I trust you recognise the quotation.
GMWW: After all, it's to be 2014 in a few days. That is rather an obvious centenary.
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The Complete Mowgli Stories, Duly Annotated
Series: Bapton Books Annotated Classics. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 85,760. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 7, 2013 by Bapton Books. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Classics, Fiction » Classics
The stories that concern Mowgli’s adventures have been collected, placed in their internal chronological order, and annotated in this volume by the historians GMW Wemyss and Markham Shaw Pyle. Prefatory essays and over three hundred and fifty footnotes accompany the text, delving into history, geography, ethnology, Imperial politics, and much else beside.
Tonight at the Morpheum: A Hospital Farce in Three Acts
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,840. Language: American English. Published: August 28, 2015 by Bapton Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Essay » Literature
Historian and critic Markham Shaw Pyle, in this "long essay" medical memoir, looks back with wry (or rye) humor and his signature wit and style on thirty years of missed diagnoses and misdiagnoses, culminating in his 2014 heart attack and triple bypass. By turns hilarious and harrowing, this is ultimately a survivor's tale of hope.
Cross and Poppy: A Village Tale
Series: Village Tales. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 119,010. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: November 12, 2013 by Bapton Books. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas, Fiction » Literature » Literary
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The Woolfonts are the prettiest and most placid villages in England. There's the duke, who's more than the comedian he likes to play at being; retired celebrities; real ale; and an all-conquering local XI. All they want is a new Rector. And they get him. No one anticipates that crime, love, and sacrifice shall play out, between the sun of the Summer fete and the poppies of Remembrance Sunday.


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