People really do judge a book by its cover.  I’m a cover snob myself.  Unless I know the author’s work already, a cover will make or break my buying decision in the bookstore after reading the premise.  Hell, I won’t even read the premise if I don’t like the cover.  It doesn’t make sense, but there it is.

Which is why I had to get a professional to redo my cover for my short story Sagan’s Law.  I had tried my hand at the task, but frankly, I’d rather spend my precious time writing.  Plus, getting others to do my covers means I get to work with other creative professional types.

Cue stage right for The Cover Counts.

Based on a suggestion from a friend, and due to the strange coincidence that I’d met the woman behind The Cover Counts a few months before on the way to a workshop, I decided to give her a try with one of my covers.  The other advantage is that it being a short story, even if I hated it, it wouldn’t be a total loss.

Thankfully, Renee did a fabulous job (and when did I start using the word fabulous?) and I would absolutely use her again.  She was obsessive about making the details right, even when I was satisfied the cover did the job.  And that speaks a lot that she wasn’t satisfied until the job was right, and not that I was satisfied.  Kudos.













And here’s the part where I shill my wares.  Shaking my tambourine at the hat filled with loose change and the stack of ebooks, just waiting to be downloaded.

shakes tambourine at hat

Sagan’s Law for $0.99 at:


Barnes & Noble


This is a Digital Sea story, so if you’ve read the book, you may enjoy the story.


Thomas K. Carpenter

Thomas K. Carpenter is a full time contemporary fantasy author with over 50 independently published titles. His bestselling, multi-series universe, The Hundred Halls, has over 25 books and counting. His stories focus on fantastic families, magical academies, and epic adventures.

  • Thanks Tom! I sure enjoyed the story and I haven’t read Digital Sea, though it is high on my book bucket list based on this story. When I can grab some time and some unoccupied brain power, I’ll write a review on a couple of the sites where you’re offering it.

    It was “fabulous” working with you (ok… yeah, I can’t really pretend I don’t actually use that word on a regular basis. *sigh*). You have been one of the easiest authors to work with.



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