Sometimes a Loss is a Win

Train_to_Nowhere_Cover_for_KindleExample: Several months ago, I entered Train to Nowhere in the 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards contest. Did I win? No. Nevertheless I received an individual evaluation that was promised to all entrants. Below is an excerpt of the judge’s commentary on my science-fiction novel:

“This was a great book. You created a fascinating world that is unlike any other and then built characters to fit into that world. I thought you did a great job at describing that world so that the reader could get a clear view of what it was like. You meshed setting, plot, and characters together seamlessly, so that one could not exist without the other. These are all the marks of a great author…”


So why didn’t Train to Nowhere win at least an honorable mention?

The judge said, “The only suggestion I could make was that the cover seemed very simplistic for such a layered book….While the front cover does depict a train coming, given the depth and complexity of the story, I would have liked to have seen an image/images that reflect that level of complexity too.”

So, can anyone suggest a stunning cover for an author on a limited budget?


Cover Reveal for Dan O’Brien’s Latest Series

Pre-order the book at:


Mobsters, Monsters & Nazis will be a six-story illustrated series that will
launch on Halloween and conclude right around Christmas. It is equal parts
noir, pulp, Lovecraft, and detective fiction with enough intrigue and
mystery to keep you hanging on.
It is available for pre-order starting today!

You can pre-order it for only $2.99 by clicking on  this link:

Upgrading my Book Covers

Amazon, Apple, and Smashwords are requiring an upgrade of book covers.  So, I’m in the process of redesigning.  This is a lot of fun.  I’ll have the new ones up before the end of July. Wahoo!

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