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I'm James Maxey, the author of the Bitterwood fantasy quartet, Bitterwood, Dragonforge, Dragonseed, and Dawn of Dragons, as well as a pair of superhero novels, Nobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn. (Click on the titles to be taken to Amazon.) I'm also the author of the steampunk Oz sequel Bad Wizard. My Dragon Apocalypse series combines both superheroes and epic fantasy, and so far three books have been published, Greatshadow, Hush, and Witchbreaker. The fourth book in the series, Cinder, will be available May 18, 2016! I've also published numerous short stories, the best of which are reprinted in my collection, There is No Wheel.

This website is focused exclusively on writing. At my second blog, Jawbone of an Ass, I ramble through any random topic that springs to mind, occasionally touching on religion and politics and other subjects polite people are sensible enough not to discuss in public. If you'd like to be placed on my mailing list to receive updates on new publications, drop me a line at james@jamesmaxey.net.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Burn Baby Burn, the possible cover, and a few thoughts.

So. I've written a complete first draft of a novel in the span of a week, starting Monday 7 am, finishing Sunday, 5:30 pm.

I really don't know if this is happy news, or terrifying news. I've kind of shattered my comfortable expectations of how much writing a person could reasonably accomplish and still be productive.

Can't really think about it right now. My mind is numb.

Whipped up the cover before I ever started, in case I self pub on Kindle. Any thoughts or criticisms?


Mr. Cavin said...

The book is mostly wonderful. It's so totally interesting to see this process from the absolute beginning. Thanks for including me like this. I am looking forward to seeing how the book changes and evolves in the next drafts.

Loren Eaton said...

I love the font on the cover. However, a little more contrast for the figure might be nice. Right now it kind of blends into the background a little. At least that's how it seems to my eye.

James Maxey said...

Thank you, Mr. Cavin. I know the book couldn't have been easy to navigate given all the typos and missing words. I haven't gone back to read it yet, but the few times I went back to check on some detail I needed to reference again, it looked like I hadn't gotten a single sentence out without some glitch. But, while the writing is pretty raw, I arrived at the end of this book feeling good about it. I'm really looking forward to reading it!

James Maxey said...

Thanks, Loren. I'd already cropped out the figure and darkened it some to pull it out of the background, but may need to do a little more. I may also be cropping the cover differently to make the figure and the text larger and have left of the flames in the backdrop. Or, I may include some sort of blurb above the figure. I'll play with the cover more when I finally get ready to publish.