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Launching a Book Cover – Getting a Reader to Look Inside!

(Keep Reading – Tianna Holley’s latest book cover reveal is included in this post!!!)

Book cover young adult fictionWe’ve all heard the expression “don’t judge a book by its cover”. It’s a wonderful phrase that is true in its literal and its figurative meanings. Still, as is the case with all great advice (which also includes: “don’t pick at it,” “just ignore him/her and he/she will go away,” and “don’t eat a whole pan of brownies for breakfast”), we tend to know how valuable it is, and yet still go ahead and do exactly the opposite of what it recommends.

I do it and I know I’m not alone. In fact, I’m pretty sure that anyone who doesn’t judge a book by its cover, that is, make a first impression on someone or something based on its exterior, is in a pretty small (but very impressive) group.

This is what makes a book cover launch so important to writers.

The story inside may be fantastic, but if the cover isn’t appealing enough to make someone want to actually find out what is inside, then no one will ever know how great it is. It won’t even make it off the shelf.

Amanda and I are somewhat new to the publishing world – at least in the young-adult fiction category – but we’ve been fortunate enough to become a part of a community of very talented authors who have supported us as we have supported them in return. This has helped to not only spread the word about the publication of our book, Love at First Plight, but it has also allowed us to gain some unique insight into marketing while developing a great relationship with other writers and with our readers.

Enter young-adult romance fiction author, Tianna Holley…

Tianna Holley young adult fiction authorAmong the writers that we have met is the tremendously skilled Tianna Holley (@holley_tianna), author of the young-adult fiction “Alissia Roswell Series”. In her own words, she is a “writer of passionate, fantasy romance without the guilt”.

Today, she has launched the book cover for the third book in the series, “Unexpected Peril”, which will be released as an ebook on Amazon on Tuesday, May 26. Mark your calendars! If you enjoy clean romance with a great plot, then this is a series that you will genuinely enjoy!

“Unexpected Peril” follows the first two books in the series: “Unexpected Metamorphosis” and “Unexpected Entrapment”. You can even download the first novel for FREE on Amazon. You’ll see, right away, why this is such a big deal.

The big “Unexpected Peril” cover reveal…

Unexpected Peril coverHere it is! In my humble opinion, this is the best cover, yet. That’s saying something, since I found the first two covers to be exceptionally appealing. What is awesome about this one is that it carries the same themes and colour schemes as the first two, but tosses in a dark and eerie element that makes me want to find out exactly what’s going to happen.

When Amanda and I worked on the design of our own cover, that is exactly the type of impact we wanted to have. A cover for a young-adult book series novel needs to be eye catching, make sense to the story, and be designed in a way that the novels to follow will also have covers that fit into that same kind of template while still standing on their own.

Tianna Holley has certainly achieved that! I’m willing to bet that when you first laid eyes on this image, you gave it a good solid look, not just a bit of a blink. It makes you want to see more, and it makes you want to find out what it means in terms of the story. This is an achievement and I hope she’s genuinely proud of it. Applause to Tianna Holley!

If you want to learn more about Tianna Holley, her Alissia Roswell Series, or the upcoming release of her book “Unexpected Peril”, I encourage you to visit her website at http://www.tiannaholley.com.

This cover reveal is very exciting for me as a reader who is looking forward to getting her hands on the ebook, but it is also exciting to me as a writer, because it has added all the more motivation to keep going with the writing of the second novel in the Perspective book series, so that we can share our own cover launch (not to mention the title!). I don’t know if this is the same for all writers, but reader feedback/discussions and the progress made by other authors are two of the most positive drivers that encourage me to continue writing, even when I feel as though I’m too busy to type a single paragraph.

Congratulations, Tianna Holley! Keep up the great work.

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Am I Lost in a Fictional World?

Can creative writing be considered a mental illness?

 

Creative writing crazinessIf you love it too much, does it actually take over your mind, for good?

I’m a proud, card-carrying weirdo, and I’m certainly a top contender for geek-of-the-year (for over thirty years, running), but when it comes to writing the Perspective book series with Amanda, I am taken to an entirely different oddity plane. I stop living here and I start living on an entirely different world that exists inside my head.

On any given day, I think about the books, the characters, and the future direction of the plot, more times than I can count. I can honestly say that an hour hasn’t passed in fourteen years in which I have not thought about something happening on the planet Qarradune, at least once.

Writers are known for being a little bit on the different side (to say the least). I think the entire artistic community – actors, painters, authors, sculptors, singers, etc – has a certain requirement in terms of being somewhat strange. But at the same time, as much as I’m glad to be unique (some might say that “unique” is a rather kind way to describe myself), I do wonder if I am crossing the line from being a quirky artist in the creative writing world, and stepping over into madness.

Am I supposed to think about a fictional world this much? Are people who are figments of my imagination and who interact with people who are figments of Amanda’s imagination supposed to matter more to me than some of the characters I have met in real life?

The thing is, allowing my mind to drift over to Qarradune so that I can mentally hang-out with Irys Godeleva, Megan Wynters, Thayn Varda, and Acksil makes me very, very happy. Even Galnar can bring the occasional twisted smile to my face…hmmm, maybe I should be questioning the sanity of that, too…

Perspective book series - crazy writerOccasionally, I think that the fact that I am this passionate about the book is a good sign. A lot of famous authors are, after all, known for completely losing themselves in their fictional worlds, to very extreme degrees. Then again, many of those authors are also known for struggling with the real world and escaping through hard-core drugs or a permanent visit to the bottom of a river.

Will I be able to recognize if I ever make that leap from peculiar or eccentric to plain-old nuts?

For now, I plan to embrace my bizarre side and to keep loving the world that flows from my mind and out through my words. Hopefully, someone will let me know if I’ve made Qarradune my forever-home, so that they might help me come back to Earth to visit, now and again.

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