The deadline for the Simon Kernick is Awesome Photoshop contest is midnight tonight EST—and the entries are HILARIOUS. I’m posting them this weekend so stay tuned – voting will commence on Monday. Hubby in particular has been after me to show him the entries. They are so worth the wait, let me tell you.
And, to coax you into thinking creatively, here’s a link that made me choke on the diet Coke. From AfterEllen, Harlequin novels that focus on more sports than just NASCAR.
Harlequin is really onto something here: romance novels targeted at a previously untapped market.
You know what’s an even more untapped market? Lesbian sports fans! I think Harlequin could make good money with the right kind of stories.
The cover mockups are worth a look, especially “Incidental Contact.”
Speaking of not-magical covers, Justine Larbalestier does a rather brave thing and addresses directly the reactions – hers and those of her readers – to the US release of her book, “Liar:”
Liar is a book about a compulsive (possibly pathological) liar who is determined to stop lying but finds it much harder than she supposed. I worked very hard to make sure that the fundamentals of who Micah is were believable: that she’s a girl, that she’s a teenager, that she’s black, that she’s USian. One of the most upsetting impacts of the cover is that it’s led readers to question everything about Micah: If she doesn’t look anything like the girl on the cover maybe nothing she says is true. At which point the entire book, and all my hard work, crumbles.
Covers matter, says Larbalestier, particularly in YA. Whether it’s the name on the cover or the image itself, they remain crucial for the branding of the book and the author for a host of reasons.