Thursday, 15 September 2011

Spot The Difference?

Well, The Shelter is almost ready to be released into the wild. Feedback on the trial cover I posted was pretty positive - everyone loved the image, although there were a few people who thought the text could do with more punch. All I've done for now is make it a bit bolder, but kept the font the same. It's the only real continuity with The Other Room cover - I figure if I'm going to change the text I'll do it for both, when I have some proper time to do so. (I originally wanted to make this cover very similar my previous one, by using the same limited palette and 'weird' filter effect. But in this case it just ruined the image.)

The other thing I need to do is get the blurb... sorry 'product description' written. I hate writing blurbs. Any vague skill I have with words seems to go out the window when I write blurbs. So far what I've got is this:


It’s a long, drowsy summer in the 1980s, and Alan Dean and three of his friends cross the fields behind their village to look for a rumoured WW2 air-raid shelter. Only half believing that it even exists beyond schoolboy gossip, the four boys nevertheless feel an odd tension and unease.  And when they do find the shelter, and go down inside it, the strange and horrifying things they encounter will test their adolescent friendships to breaking point, and affect the rest of their lives...
A horror novella of 15.5k words, plus an author’s afterword.


Hmmm.

3 comments:

Iain said...

Hate, hate, hate writing blurbs.

Looks good to me.

Tony Rabig said...

Hi, James.

Spotted "The Shelter" on Amazon US about an hour ago and bought it immediately and will read some time this week.

Bests & good luck with the new story.

James Everington said...

Thanks Tony - hadn't realised it was up yet. Still waiting for it to appear in UK...