Now that I’ve got a cover for The Silver Trumpet, I have to write the blurb for it, which I did this afternoon.
Somehow I always find it a difficult task–sum up the whole novel in 150 words, and do it in such a way as to make someone want to open it up and read it. This always leaves me wondering if I should’ve kept it to 150 words in the first place.
Which brings me back some 30 years to my days as a horror novelist for a major New York City publishing house. They wouldn’t have dreamed of letting the book’s author write the cover blurb.
See that one up there? The cover copy on the back was written by someone who hadn’t read the book, or at best only skimmed a part of it. What you read on the back cover only slightly resembles the content of the book. I would have liked to complain, but that would’ve only made them laugh.
So Storehouse Press has me writing the cover copy for my own books, and the cover artist actually reads the book before he creates the cover, and everybody’s happy.
Next time you feel a book as given you a bum steer, please try to remember it’s probably not the author’s fault.
Thank you, Lord, they’ve glued my crown back on and now I can get back to work. Of course, of course, they found another few things they’d like to work on. But not just yet.
Artist Kirk DouPonce, who’s done all my covers so far, says he’s soon be ready with a cover for The Silver Trumpet (No. 10 in the Bell Mountain series). I can’t wait to see it. And if I’m able to find out how to transfer it from email to this blog, I’ll post it for you.
By now, I think, most of the regular visitors to my blog have already bought my books. But I live in hope that every day brings visitors who’ve never been here before and haven’t heard of my books.
Well, it’s easy to find out all about them. Just click “Books” at the top of the page, and you’ll see covers, descriptions, and sample chapters of all nine in the series–with No. 10, The Silver Trumpet, currently being made ready for publication.
Sorry for the commercial, but I do have to do this now and then.
I’ve just finished going over the first edits of Bell Mountain No. 10, The Silver Trumpet. I’m always amazed at the errors that can crop up in a manuscript–but we’re repairing them. And Kirk DouPonce will be on board to create the cover at. As you can see by the example above, he does good work!
And now I’m tired, it’s over 90 degrees outside today, and I’ve got to unwind before supper.
Sometimes I like to listen to shows dealing with paranormal phenomena, spooky stuff, etc. Here and there you find a truly puzzling case. You also find a lot of twaddle. I usually run out of patience when they start talking about “unexplained mysteries.” Uh, if they’ve been explained, then they aren’t mysteries anymore, are they?
Still haven’t got Robbie eating normally again. *sigh* We’ll see what the vet says when we bring her in. Thank you all for your prayers, and please keep them coming.
It’s been raining all day long. I’ve been working on preparing the first six chapters of The Temptation for my editor, while Patty toils away through the infinite amount of paperwork required by the government to get Aunt Joan on Medicaid. Our cats have conked out. Even the traffic on this blog has slowed to less than a crawl.
Anyhow, check out the picture–a beast of this general description plays a dramatic role in Bell Mountain No. 10, The Silver Trumpet. It’s not a nice animal and it doesn’t do nice things. But it is an interesting animal.
Time to stop writing for a while: I’m kind of tuckered out. I’ll be back when it’s time for a cat video.
Well, the great big snowstorm is over, the sun is shining merrily, and a lot of people in New Jersey are annoyed that a state of emergency had been declared for what turned out to be only an ordinary snowstorm. Six inches, at the most.
The National Weather Service must have changed the forecast a hundred times, leading up to the actual event. With that many changes, you can hardly call it a forecast at all. If a Roman emperor’s astrologer ever tried to amend his predictions that many times, he’d’ve been thrown head-first off a cliff.
The nooze media and our Blue State politicians decided to go with the most draconian forecasts and see if they could scare everybody off the roads. An official state of emergency, by the way, winds up costing local businesses a lot of money, because they generally have to shut down for the day.
There is a slight problem today with yesterday’s snow having developed a hard, frozen crust–makes me very glad I cleared our cars yesterday, and didn’t put it off till today. I think I’ll get my exercise today walking to the Y and back, which is about three miles. Certainly can’t ride a bike; and anyway, there’s enough snow on top of my bike’s tarpaulin to keep it safe from the high winds that have been vexing us for several days.
So, let’s see how long it takes me to do this… and then I have to finish reading The Silver Trumpet, trying to be ready for the next book the Lord gives me to write.