I've finished up a new story featuring Alan (the main character from "Moving In, Moving On") called "The Language of Ice Cubes", so I'm going to need an ebook cover. Here's how I do it.
First, I find an appropriate picture. In this story, there's a ghost palm tree so I grab the nearest picture of a palm tree I've taken. I make sure there's a big blank space for the title and author name, but you knew that.
Then I open up GIMP (it's free!) and drag and drop in the picture. Right now it's too big. We're shooting for 500x800, which is 0.63:1. I'm going to choose an exciting portion of the picture that has enough space for the title and author name.
To save a lot of fiddling and annoyance, check on Snap to Grid (View --> Snap to Grid) first. Then find the Rectangle Select tool and click and drag until you've got a good-looking 0.63:1 rectangle, like so:
Second step is to get ourselves a new image. Do this:
Edit --> Paste as --> New Image
You should now have an image of the selection, so save this new image (you can close the old image to reduce clutter). Now, this new image is probably not 500x800, but that's easy enough.
Image --> Scale Image
and input Width 500 and Height 800 and behold!
File --> Save as...
and replace the .xcf with .jpg and save (see below)
There, that was easy! Anybody can do it.
Or you can give me $50 and a picture and I'll do it for you.
"The Language of Ice Cubes", magical realism with a dash of romance.
Alan just wanted something to do, but he soon discovers that maintaining a relationship in small-town Thailand is a more challenging proposition than he expected. Can he (and she) find a way through to happiness?
250 words? Yes
Book "Lived Too Long To Die"
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