A Book Cover for How To Fell A Timberman


The Merlion of the Lion City

The Merlion of the Lion City

Hi everyone. I’ve neglected blogging lately but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy!

First, there was the preparation for a trip to Singapore for my mother-in-law’s 90th birthday, then the trip itself. Our good friends from Thailand joined us, so that made the trip even more fun.

If you’re wondering about this picture of a merlion, it’s a famous setting in Singapore and happens to be next door to one of the best seafood restaurants in the city.


Note: To read more about how Singapore became known as the lion city and the legend behind it, click here.

While all this planning and vacationing was happening, I began preparing How To Fell A Timberman for e-publication.

I knew e-publishing would be no walk in the park, but I didn’t know how time-consuming it is. And I’ve barely scratched the surface.

I had my book professionally edited by Martha Stites and am now imputing those changes. At the same time, I’m working on a book cover. And no, I’m NOT so talented that I’m designing it myself. But the fact remains that I’m the one who must research images. Sound easy? Think again.

What I am discovering is that images resembling my hero are next to impossible to find. My hero Vidar is a logger. He wears plaid shirts, canvass britches and calked boots (nail-studded). No cowboy hats, thank you very much. If he resembled Paul Bunyon, I might be in luck, but Vidar is a Norwegian logger, a big-boned man with blond hair and a trim beard.

My good friend Lyn Horner, author of two great e-book series, came to my rescue this week. She told me about dreamstime and dollarphotclub along with a couple other sites that might help my cover search. She also clued me in on a few tips like the fact that I can have one model’s head put onto another model’s body. Nice to Know! Now if I find a plaid shirted man and he doesn’t look like Vidar, I can replace his head with one that looks more like him. I know this all sounds very simplistic but bare with me. I’m totally green at this!

I had to laugh at this point because I was thinking I’d like my logger to hold an ax. Then when I learned I could cut heads off . . . Okay, maybe I’ve watched too many episodes of Criminal Minds, but it struck my funny bone.

I researched other romances with a logging theme and discovered the authors of those books must have also had a difficult time finding a male model that looked like a logger.  Most of their covers had no heroes or heroines, just beautiful forest scenery.

Worse comes to worse, I may have to follow their example and use scenery, too. Fortunately, forest scenes are easy to find.

But this brings up a question. Traditionally, we readers and writers of romance love to drool over the handsome men on the book covers. So will romance readers be less likely to buy my book if I don’t have the hero or heroine on the cover? It’s an honest worry and I’d like hear your opinions on this topic.

In any case, I’ll let you know how my book cover turns out, and I how I proceed with the formatting and the rest that goes into e-publishing a book.


Letting the daylight into the swamp

The History of Logging Equipment

Lumberjacks of the 19th Century: Some pictures on this site are very similar to scenes I describe in How To Fell A Timberman.


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4 Responses to A Book Cover for How To Fell A Timberman

  1. Lyn Horner says:

    Thanks for the mention, Sharla! Hang in there. E-publishing is a learning experience. You’ll get there. Regarding your cover, I prefer romance covers that show the hero and heroine.

  2. sharla says:

    Thanks for stopping by Lyn. I understand more than ever that is a real a process and it’s actually made me appreciate what Traditional publishers do.

  3. Jenny Hansen says:

    I’m so happy you’re doing this! The world needs all your books back in print. 🙂

    • sharla says:

      Thanks Jen. It’s funny, once some doubters said you will never do it, I knew that not only would I do it, I’d do it right away! 🙂 Thanks to pointers from good friends I’m on the fast track — well sort of. Like I said, e-publishing is time consuming. I still want to know what you think about characters on the covers of e-books.

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