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The Last Three Count
About the Author John Kline is a first-time author residing in Harford County, Maryland. He can frequently be found in the cheap seats at pro wrestling shows up and down the Northeast. Feel free to say hello if you see him stuck trying to get out of an arena parking lot.
In my story the head of a major wrestling organization is stabbed to death at their biggest show of the year. He is a highly politically connected individual and his murder draws the FBI's attention. Enter Jack Ward. 6-6, 300 pounds. He is an FBI agent with a amateur wrestling background. The Bureau pays for his tryout, one thing leads to another and he is now an undercover pro wrestler, trying to solve the murder while living a double life inside the squared circle. Over time he begins to forget his original intent and starts to turn native. Imagine Nacho Libre meets Dances With Wolves.
Pro Wrestling fans are the main audience. I would say mostly suburban and rural males from 20 to 65. Fans of murder mysteries and political dramas will like the book too, but pro wrestling fans are the bread and butter.
From Amazon: Dimensions The ideal size of your cover art is a height/width ratio of 1.6:1. In pixels, this means that for every 1,000 pixels in width, the image should be 1,600 pixels in height. To ensure the best quality for your image, particularly on high definition devices, the height of the image should be at least 2,500 pixels. Ideal dimensions for cover files are 2,560 x 1,600. Important: The minimum image size allowed is 1,000 x 625 pixels. The maximum image size allowed is 10,000 x 10,000 pixels and your image must be less than 50M. Size Your cover image must be less than 50MB. Try to avoid compressing your files, as this can affect the quality of your cover when displayed on reading devices. Be sure to save your file with 72 dots per inch (DPI). Color Product images display on the Amazon website using the RGB (red, green, blue) color mode or profile. RGB is the color mode native to the web and many color screen displays, as these three colors displayed at varying levels of intensity create over 16 million colors. When saving and uploading your cover image file, save your file ONLY as RGB - not CMYK or sRGB- for the color profile. You can usually find this option in the File saving dialog of image manipulation programs such as Photoshop. Some programs may also refer to RGB color as 'True Color' in some programs. If in doubt, try opening a JPG inside Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari. If a JPG opens fine inside a web browser, it's most likely okay to use as a cover image. Make sure to save your image without color separation. This is usually a pre-press or color palette option. Use your image manipulation program or image analysis tool (some are available free online) to verify that your image file doesn't have color separation. Use color images whenever possible and relevant. In addition to the Kindle black and white E Ink reading devices, customers can read your books on full color Fire devices and free Kindle reading apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, PC or Mac. I'm looking for something loud that will get viewer's attentions and really appeals to pro wrestling fans. I would love to see imagery like pro wrestlers, a title belt, or a ring included. Elements that represent the murder need to take place as well. The victim was stabbed in the neck at the biggest wrestling show of the year. The main audience will be pro wrestling fans. Pro wrestling does not feature nuance. We need bold colors and exaggerated imagery that appeal to a stadium audience.
What to avoid
Do not use any copywrite images
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