Book Cover Requests Your Feedback

Damonza.com, my design firm, has delivered three great concepts for The Mark of the Spider: A Black Orchid Chronicle.

Three design treatments, three color schemes.

Which cover — because we ALL judge a book by its cover — would make you pick it up and read it? Let me know by Wednesday night, EDT, either by comment or email.

The candidates are Blue, Green, Red:

I’m having a hard time choosing so your input will count for a lot. A LOT.

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Pitch Challenge: A Little Help Please

I could use some help here.

Beta readers are going over my new book – The Mark of the Spider: A Black Orchid Chronicle – and I’ve started working on the pitch materials.

Not to put too fine a point on the immediate challenge, I have to reduce a 529-page manuscript to one line or one sentence. Think of the short descriptions on best seller lists:

An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.  (Casablanca)

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (Shawshank Redemption)

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That sort of thing.

So, how about some feedback? In the samples below, which one would move you to buy or read the book?

Sample 1

A. Photographer cursed with the power to kill with his thoughts.

B. Photographer cursed with the power to “think” people to death.

Sample 2
A. An ancient spider demon curses a photographer, giving him the power to kill with his thoughts.
B. An ancient spider demon curses a photographer, giving him power to kill with his thoughts but no control over the power.

Now pick one: Sample 1 or Sample 2. Discuss. (Sorry. I had a flashback to my days at Campion Jesuit High School.)

Let’s try that with something a little longer. Which of these three moves you?

Sample 3

An ancient spider demon possesses nature photographer Sebastian Arnett, giving him the power to kill without touching, but Sebastian does not always control his lethal new powers.

Sample 4
A photo assignment in the highland jungles of Borneo turns deadly when headhunters lure victims with tales of a mythical black orchid. One survives but is cursed with the ability to kill with his thoughts, a power he does not control.
Sample 5
Sebastian Arnett doesn’t believe in demons, but one believes in him. And it curses him with the power to kill with his thoughts.

I’ll post the results in a week or so. I need reaction from at least 11 people, so get right on this. Tnx.

BTW, if you don’t want to leave a comment, send me an email.

Thank You, VVA, for a Great Review

Vietnam Veterans of America welcomes authors to send copies of their books and memoirs about the Viet Nam war for review.

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I sent HOTEL CONSTELLATION to book editor Marc Leeson just after publishing; yesterday he emailed me a link to a review written by David Wilson.

Here’s an excerpt:

This memoir is engaging and well-written and more honest than Haase had to be about how callow and inexperienced he was with just about everything.

Take a look; support the VVA if you can.