The Yarnspinners

News of anthologies by Kim Cox, Elizabeth Delisi, Chris Grover, Elaine Hopper, Maureen McMahon, and Sheryl Hames Torres--The Yarnspinners!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

HAVE FUN!!! Steal this and put it on your Blog Today!!!

I stole this from someone else's blog. I saw it and I thought it looked like fun, so....

It’s only words.

Change to represent you, post on your blog, and have fun with the responses!

1. Yourself: Serene
2. Your boyfriend/girlfriend, spouse, significant other: Reliable
3. Your hair: Auburn
4. Your mother: Amazing
5. Your father: Empathetic
6. Your favorite item: Chocolate
7. Your dream last night: Disjointed
8. Your favorite drink: Coke
9. Your dream car: Altima
10. The room you are in: Livingroom
11. Your ex: N/A
12. Your fear: Tornadoes
13. What you want to be in 10 years? Rich
14. Who you hung out with last night? Dan
15. What you’re not? Energetic
16. Muffins: Coffeecake
17. One of Your Wish List Items: Yarn!
18. Time: 10:07
19. The last thing you did: Stairs
20. What you are wearing: Jeans
21. Your favorite weather: Fall
22. Your favorite book: Watchers
23. The last thing you ate: Toast
24. Your life: Chaotic
25. Your mood: Peaceful
26. Your best friend: Necessity
27. What are you thinking about right now? Breakfast
28. Your car: Sable
29. What are you doing at the moment? E-mail
30. Your summer: Gorgeous
31. Your relationship status: Steady
32. What is on your TV? Jameson
33. What is the weather like? Cold
34. When is the last time you laughed? Evening

Consider yourself tagged!

SO copy and take it over to your blog NOW!

Thursday, February 01, 2007

New Cover

I'm taking it upon myself, and my turn to blog, to let you see the new cover for our anthology, SHIVERS AND SCREAMS, VISIONS AND DREAMS. The old cover, while nice, was too dark and hard to see, especially when reduced to bookmark size. Here's the new one:

So, what do you think? If you squint hard enough, you can see the book the ghost is reading is actually the old cover of our book. Clever, eh?

The relatively minor troubles we had with our original cover made me think about cover art in general. The cover art is the first thing a potential buyer sees, so it has to grab his attention, stand out from the hundreds of other books on the shelves, and of course also give a hint what the book's about, its tone, etc. Not to mention having that indefineable "something" that intrigues the reader. If the cover art fails to seize the reader's attention, he'll pass on to the next book without ever giving your prose a try.

The problem is, the person who knows the book best is the author...but the author usually gets little input into the final cover design. We've all heard horror stories about cover art where the heroine has three arms, or the hero is blond and smooth-shaven instead of dark and bearded. How many sales does it cost the author when the cover art doesn't do its job?

If you're an author, do you have cover art horror stories to share? This is the spot! We'll pull up a chair and sympathize.

Readers, do you have favorite cover art? Or art that turns your stomach? Share! C'mon, dish. ;-) We want to know.