I’m so excited to be back on your blog, Julia! Thanks for having me, and hello to all you readers of Julia’s awesome blog! If you love variety, you’ve come to the right place. Julia’s got it all. Erin and I need to come over for harvest. We’ll bring biscuits and sweet tea!
So, today we are touching on the subject of book covers. Everyone has heard Don’t judge a book by it’s cover, of course. But let me in let you in on a little secret: We ALL do!
What? NO! I never. So, tell me when you are faced with this:
How else can you narrow down your interests?
The front of the book is what the potential reader sees first. It’s what entices them to pick a book up and read the truly captivating synopsis. If the graphic artist–who is the person on the front lines–was able to get the reader to do that, then they have done their job. After that, dear author, it’s completely up to you to entice the soon-to-be-reader to invest themselves and their time in your story. But that’s not a worry, your incredible story summary will surely win them over!
I’m going to use Erin’s book as an example. She was with another publisher who, like most publishers, didn’t let her weigh in on her cover. After two years of fighting with them, Erin left and went to another house. There, Anita from Race-Point.com redesigned Erin’s covers. Here are the two covers:
I think you see there is a bit of a difference. Same ax and interwoven knives, same triangle, same tag line and title, but the difference is off the charts. If you were browsing the shelves at Barnes and Noble, which of these two would you be more likely to pick up?
With our publishers’ blessings, Erin and I have gone to Anita for each of our covers, and I think her work stands for itself.
If you decide to self-publish, pay for the best editor money can buy–I highly recommend TouchStone Editing. And find someone who knows the ins and outs of ePubs, mobis, and print internal design like Ellie at Move To The Write. But also don’t scrimp on your cover. It doesn’t matter how great your synopsis, how compelling your story, if no one picks up your book, it does you no good. As you scroll through the rest of this blog post, take a look at the fantastic artwork done by Anita–a master in her class!
Thank you so much for having me on, Julia! Readers, are you ready to learn a bit about our books (and view the fantastic artwork) and enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card? Woop! Let’s go!
Rhew 2 Rhew Blog Tour – 122 Rules Book Blitz Extravaganza!
How’s that for a catchy title? What a crazy adventure this has been FIVE years in the making, and it has finally arrive: 122 Rules has been born unto the world. The stories I could tell just so I could tell you this story…well, let’s just say it’s been an interesting, educational, and life-altering adventure.
This has been a grand journey, filled with hardships, fun, learning, and growth. But of all the things that have happened on the writing road, meeting the love of my life is the most unlikely and easily the luckiest, most blessed things to have ever happened to me.
Erin Rhew and I started out as critique partners, became friends, and now she’s my bride. She’s my best friend and partner in all things. Even if I don’t sell a single copy of my writings, I’ll always be a smashing success because I met Erin.
On this half of the Rhewination tour, I am visiting blogs all over the globe, from Australia to the farthest corners in Canada. Next week, on the second half of the tour, Erin will be gracing the pages of 50+ bloggers!
In addition, we are giving away a $50 Amazon gift card! Prepare yourselves to win!
Today, we are announcing my adult thriller novel, 122 Rules.
In his black and white world, Sam Bradford–former Marine turned government assassin–finally sees a speck of grey. He has always followed orders without question, but his latest assignment threatens to disrupt the precision of his universe and may either severe or redeem his last remaining sliver of humanity.
Using his mastery of the 122 Rules of Psychology, Sam hunts down everyone The Agency sends him to find and eliminates them. Just as he has his rifle scope focused on his latest victim, Monica Sable, a SoCal girl entangled with the mob, his long-dormant conscience reappears for a final performance…one last ditch effort to save the sinking ship of Sam’s soul. He’s killed innocents before, but tarries on pulling the trigger this time.
When Monica escapes his crosshairs and fumbles her way across the country in a pathetic attempt to elude capture, Sam gives chase. But he’s not the only one after her. Ruthless henchmen, hired by the mob, froth like bloodhounds and nip at Monica’s heels. Now Sam is faced with a choice: turn his back on the rules and jeopardize his way of life by helping her or join the pack and rip her to shreds.
What are readers saying?
122 Rules is a fast-paced thrill-ride, filled with rich characters living in an expertly woven world of mystery and suspense. Deek Rhew’s debut novel will take readers by storm, and keep them coming back for sequels.
~Michelle K. Pickett, Bestselling and award-winning author of PODs and Unspeakable.
The perfect, fast-paced novel for fans of kick-butt heroines, creepy killers, and getting caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. An absolute must-read!
Visit the 122 Rules Web Page
While you’re on Deek’s site check out Birth of an American Gigolo.
An old party girl shoehorned into domestic divaship, infuriated by her husband’s cheating and his holier-than-thou, tree-hugging, no-tits and no-hips girlfriend, inflicts her wrath by training a local boy in the fine art of seduction. She and her new boy toy turned love god start a gigolo business as a distraction for the neglected and mistreated housewives of Alabaster Cove.
Take a selfie with your ebook or paper copy of Birth and post it on social media with the tag #BirthSelfie. We’ll post you on the Rhewination web site!
Deek lives in a rainy pocket in the Pacific Northwest with the stunning YA author bride, Erin Rhew, and their writing assistant, a fat tabby named Trinity. They enjoy lingering in the mornings, and often late into the night, caught up Erin’s fantastic fantasy worlds of noble princes and knights and entwined in Deek’s dark underworld of the FBI and drug lords.
He and Erin love to share books by reading aloud to one another. In addition, they enjoy spending time with friends, running, boxing, lifting weights, and exploring the little town–with antique shops and bakeries–they call home.
Connect with Deek!
For the latest and greatest, visit his web page:
Next week be on the lookout for Erin’s:
The Fulfillment Series Blitz Extravaganza!
Erin Rhew is an editor, a running coach, and the author of The Fulfillment Series. Since she picked up Morris the Moose Goes to School at age four, she has been infatuated with the written word. She went on to work as a grammar and writing tutor in college and is still teased by her family and friends for being a member of the “Grammar Police.”
A Southern girl by blood and birth, Erin now lives in a rainy pocket of the Pacific Northwest with the amazingly talented (and totally handsome) writer Deek Rhew and their “overly fluffy,” patient-as-a-saint writing assistant, a tabby cat named Trinity. She and Deek enjoy reading aloud to one another, running, lifting, boxing, eating chocolate, and writing side-by-side.
Authors, do you think the artwork for The Prophecy, The Outlanders, The Fulfillment, Birth of an American Gigolo, and 122 Rules is as stunning as we do? Visit Race-Point.com to find out how you can get the amazing Anita to work on your book as well!