When an author promises he has lots of friends and family who will come to an event and then no one shows up
Why the fuck does this happen as often as it does? It’s okay not to do an event. That’s why we do marketing!
This is why I don’t do events.
I art-direct my book covers carefully, because I tend to write stories that aren’t served well by stock art featuring sweetly embracing couples.
I write humor and sarcasm into every one of my books. My contemporaries are sassy and my paranormal romances are outrageously snarky. I want people to know what they’re getting into before that first page of text has them clutching their chests. (The second paragraph of A Demon in Waiting contains the line “Last time I f*ck a sister-wife.” Don’t worry: it’s not the hero uttering it, but that’s the overall tone of the book—off-the-rails cheeky.)
Because I know I’m probably only going to get one chance to convey what my story is to the cover artist, I try to give very clear treatment ideas so they know what kind of imagery to steer clear of.
A Demon in Waiting scared me, to be honest, because the publisher could have sent me back a cover that was over-the-top cheesy to go with the humor elements. I was surprised in a very good way when they sent me this:
Let me tell you what I requested in my cover art form:
This book is light paranormal with a comedic overtone, so the cover shouldn’t be too dark. I think a sexy contemporary feel with a touch of otherworldliness would convey this plot well.
The hero is a hitchhiker. The heroine picks him up from the roadside. They travel all the way from Arizona to North Carolina together. So, it would be appropriate to have a picture of a couple in/leaning on a newer sedan…perhaps with a demon lurking nearby to convey the paranormal element.
The demon in this story (the titular Gulielmus—Hitch’s father) appears in a human form as a middle-aged long-haired, blond, blue-eyed man with a fondness for expensive suits. He’s the antagonist and not particularly friendly.
I think the cover artist took one look at all that and said, “Not gonna trip ME up, Holley Trent. Try harder.”
I love it when the artist can pluck out something simple and make it the perfect direction.
Editor’s note: But I guess she’s okay with him creepsniffing her spine.
“Creepsniffing.” Learn it. It’ll be on next week’s spelling test.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013Today marks the 56th anniversary of the landmark civil rights case, Loving V. Virginia, which invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage in the United States. The Swirl Awards is celebrating the day with a Loving Day Blog Hop by assembling together almost three dozen of your favorite IR/MC authors and review sites! If you follow the hop, you’re in for an event which joins other celebrations around the country this week focused around promoting multicultural understanding and awareness.(more after the jump!)
Romance Novels in Color
Shades of Romance Magazine
Eve Vaughn - See more at: http://www.swirlawards.com/#sthash.7eJImyZv.dpuf
So what can you expect on the Loving Day Blog Hop? You’ll learn about stories that will touch your heart, find out something new, get a glimpse of some great books and maybe win a book or two! So without further ado, time to get hopping!
- See more at: http://www.swirlawards.com/#sthash.7eJImyZv.dpuf
About Us- See more at: http://www.swirlawards.com/#sthash.7eJImyZv.dpuf
Hey! I resemble one of those names.
Checking your bank account the morning of payday, doing some calculations and realizing you’re still broke
Cross-indexed with: “When your royalties come.”
- Brain: * forms coherent idea and understands complex concepts and want to share them with people*
- Mouth: uuhhh shit fuck diddly fiddly fuck balls dick damn ghfoekxjgkf fuck fuckity fuck fuck fuck