It Live in the Basement

After my husband died, I set out to publish his stories that sat around for years, languishing in boxes, gathering dust bunnies.  And a few spiders.  Ewww!!  Anyway, I self-published It Lives in the Basement back in July, 2013.


At that time, I had very limited funds.  What money I had, I spent on books learning how to write.  So I didn’t hire an editor/proofreader, or buy a professional cover.  And yes, my book has proofreading errors, and yes, the cover is amateurish.  After I published The Secret of Excalibur and We Journey No More, I  even quit marketing my Basement book.  I knew it wasn’t up to par.  But the strange thing is, that little amateurish looking book cover sells.  Or, it could be the title.  Either way, I’ve sold more copies of that book over the last several months than I have my other two, when they’re not on promo.

A good friend of mine recently read my Basement book, which she loved, albeit the proofreading errors.  Her biggest complaint was the cover.  She thought it represented a YA book, since a girl with pigtails is depicted on the cover.  That got me thinking.  I have the money now, not like I’m rolling in it, mind you, but my book needs a facelift.  So, I sent my manuscript to another friend, who is now my editor, and today, we worked on a new cover.


So, moment of truth.  Better or worse?  Maybe a different font type or contrast?  Would this cover compel you to buy the book? Let me know what you think.

About Sahara Foley

Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down. About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done. So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made. One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors. If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other. I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog. For readers to meet Indie Authors. Anyway, enough about me. Here’s all my contact information: Facebook: Twitter: Pinterest: Google Plus: Amazon Author Page:
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3 Responses to It Live in the Basement

  1. cpbialois says:

    I like the new cover. It has the feel of a horror movie poster.

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