Monday, January 14, 2013
My Giveaway Experiment & Eyeballs
I recently posted The Shadow Girl of Birch Grove, the original version of my YA gothic, Dark Companion, on Scribd to see how or if it would affect sales. It's been read over 2,000 times in a week -- so it hasn't yet reached the numbers of a version of it posted in Portuguese. I wondered who would translate the entire book into Portuguese, but someone used one of those new-fangled computer translators. So the dialogue probably reads like, "I give you happy shiny love greetings of the daytime variety! I accompany you on the walking voyage to consume a meal of fish and popular beverages. We will talk of my desirous feelings to have marry calisthenics with the beautiful waiter." In other words -- completely accurate!
I still don't have permission to share news about my next book. But I kinda sorta totally love the cover. Which is very different from my feelings about the covers that another publisher wanted to put on my ebooks. One was nice, but others were Heinous, which a capital H and several subsequent hs. Hhhheinous. Here's my question: why do so many people think they can design stuff?
Good book cover design requires not only a sense of aesthetics, but also creativity and an ability to meld form and function. The function of a book cover is to attract readers who will like the book and to convey a message about the book. It's no good putting an image of a juicy steak on a cookbook if you only have vegetarian recipes inside. The customers will (and should) hate you for misrepresenting the book. It's no good having a gorgeous image that doesn't show up well as a small graphic, because so many readers are shopping for books online.
Design is like brain surgery, stunt driving and comedy: it should be only done by professionals. Do not try this at home. (I always tell The Husband that when he tries to make a joke. He is very pretty, though.)
Maybe I'm just paranoid, but has anyone else noticed the trend of eyeball covers? You know, covers that watch you watching them.
GRATUITOUS VIDEOS OF THE DAY
Everyone seems to be watching Girls, ugh, or Downton Abbey, which is a bit too soap-operaish even for an admitted BBC fan like me. I prefer something darker and creepier, like Whitechapel, which features Rupert Penry-Jones as Joe Chandler, a detective inspector with OCD who uses historically significant crimes to solve modern day murders. My theme today is videos featuring RPJ...who can rock either the cravat or t-shirt with aplomb.
He was also in M1-5, aka Spooks, and I watched all ten seasons in a mad marathon. It made me very tense and paranoid. (Please refer to eyeballs above.) I loved the brave, complicated, ambiguous, heroic characters, and the show made me cry all the time. I highly recommend it.
Persuasion is probably my favorite Jane Austen novel. While I'm charmed by Pride & Prejudice, I just like Captain Wentworth more than I like Fitzwilliam Darcy.
Posted by Marta at 11:44 AM