Sunday, 25 November 2012

A busy week

A busy week, this one. I've been doing a bit of research for my next book as well as outlining it. Again, I had the wing it vs outline idea and as much as I like the idea of simply winging a book, this isn't the right one for that. I'm trying something a little new for me so the last thing I want is to end up stuck with no idea what I'm doing after the first few thousand words. In any case, it's taking shape and I start writing the first draft - as soon as I finish this post, as a matter of fact.

In other news, I've been thinking about book covers quite a bit lately. As I said several months ago, I'm a big fan of the cover Musa produced for The Red Girl so I'm looking forward to what they come up with for 'Set. I've got a few ideas and they encourage back and forth between author and art department so between my rambling thoughts and their talent, the cover should be something special. As soon as it's finalised and what not, I'll upload it here and you can tell me how cool it is.

Anyway, part of the reason I've been thinking about covers is because they can be the first thing a potential reader sees or knows of an unknown writer's work. The old cliche is, of course, don't judge a book by its cover, but let's be honest. If you see a book by someone you've never heard of and you think the cover's interesting, you pick it up just as you'd leave it on the shelf if the cover is hideous. If the cover catches your eye, you'll read the blurb on the back and if you like the sound of it, you give it a go, but the cover has to catch your eye. It has to appeal and pique your interest for whatever reason. If it fails, well, that unknown writer stays on the shelf. Which is the last thing we want, right?

Okay. That''s enough. I've got a book to start. Think HP Lovecraft meets Shaun Hutson. And I'm starting it right -