Rather than go into dreadful, boring detail, suffice it to say I’ve been working on my taxes. This has caused me to drift away from my normal, pleasant, and non-confrontational personality to one of anger, distrust, and denial. It makes me a less than a happy person. When it’s tax time, even my dog ceases to like me.
Pair that onerous task with the job of finishing a new novel and perhaps you’ll understand why this week’s blog post will be profoundly thin.
While I’m not at all happy about life on the tax front, life on the fiction front is progressing nicely. When I can tear myself away from the joys of slogging through 1040 worksheets and a forest of federal forms, I’m waiting for my First Readers–amazingly gifted and generous folk–to finish reviewing the new book. Since I can’t begin the final edit until all the feedback is in, I’ve turned my attention to the cover.
Doing cover mock-ups can be both time-consuming and frustrating. It’s important to provide a visual that neatly suggests what the story is about without giving away too much. Else, why bother to read the book? The cover must be compelling, catchy, and original. By the same token, readers committed to a particular genre expect covers to have a certain sameness. They want to be assured that what they’ll read is what they want. Think space ships for the Sci-Fi crowd and hunky males for the bodice-ripper fans.
But how does one appeal to a target audience that doesn’t fit into any of the traditional categories? In my case, the target market consists of garden club members, who are mostly female and have grandkids.
Anyway, here’s what I’ve got so far. This cover may never see the light of day, but it’ll give you an idea of what’s in my head for the new book. Garden Clubbed is a humorous tale that puts a whole new spin on an old and venerable tradition. Or so I hope. We’ll have to wait and see how the First Readers react.
I’d love to get your reactions to this cover idea. Please feel free to share your thoughts via the comment section.