I’m going to publish “Ghost in the Machine” by the 14th February 2012, but here is an advance of the book cover:
It was created in GIMP (http://www.gimp.org/) from a photo I took in Dunfermline Abbey last April on my iPhone 4. I will crop it if and when I need to.
The main typeface is migraine, available for free from stereotype (http://www.stereo-type.net/).
Other than the fact that I wrote it in Microsoft Word (I own Office 2007), I could have written and published it using entirely open source software if I’d used LibreOffice or OpenOffice.
I use Notepad++ (http://notepad-plus-plus.org/) for my notes – simple txt files are the best bet in my experience and this blows away anything else – when I used Excel I went down some rabbit holes of OCD! In fact, that’s a blog post all of its own.
I am just about to finish the latest draft – three scenes left to edit. Then I want to review the last third of the book. Then my girlfriend will review it and I’ll do another edit based on that feedback but three weeks to go and it will be published. Finally.