Vote on the WRONG ALIBI cover!
May 14, 2020
The WRONG ALIBI copyedit.
Let’s talk about book cover art for my upcoming book, WRONG ALIBI…
No! Don’t leave! It’ll be fun, I promise, and so much better than reading another scary article about the coronavirus or monster murder hornets. Right?
First, you might decide on the art by the book description:
Eighteen year old Evelyn Jones lands a job in small town Alaska, working for Donald White in his isolated mountain home. But her bright hopes for the future are shattered when he disappears, leaving her to face charges of theft, embezzlement — and a brutal double murder. Convicted, she faces life in prison.
Her escape leaves her scarred and in hiding, isolated from her family, working under an alias at a wilderness camp. Bent on justice, intent on recovering her life, she searches for the killer who slaughters without remorse.
At last, the day comes. Donald White has returned. Evelyn emerges from hiding. The fugitive becomes the hunter. But in her mind, she hears the whisper of other forces. Can Evelyn untangle the threads of evidence before she’s once again found with blood on her hands…the blood of her own family?
Next…remember I came up with the title WRONG ALIBI, which my publisher liked, then decided they wanted one that shouted “Alaska.” Over Thanksgiving, my family brainstormed, we came up with choices, you took a survey and decided which one you liked…and my publisher decided they really liked WRONG ALIBI. (Read about it here.)
As soon as the title was decided on (the first time), I asked Assistant Judie to mock up a cover for my website, which she did, and I posted it on Oct. 7. Let’s give Judie a hand!
On October 25, I received the first publisher cover concept. I liked it! It seemed scary and evocative. I expected to see a revised cover…
On January 6 , I received another, completely different cover. I do mean completely different, not like different colors or changed fonts. It was a whole new concept. I liked it, too. I made a couple of suggestions, waited to see the revised cover and…
On February 6 — you guessed it — another completely different cover appeared in my inbox. Completely different from the first two. Discussion and tweaks followed, and at long last, we have a final cover for WRONG ALIBI!
How can I show you the covers while making it fun and entertaining for you? Let’s try this:
— The three covers are up on a survey.
— Look them over and vote on your favorite.
— Click for results and you’ll see the popular winner.
— Click again and you’ll see the cover my publisher chose for the book!
Want to discuss your choice, the popular choice, and the official final cover? I’ll put up a post on Facebook and Instagram, and you can comment and discuss. You can also tweet at me on Twitter (I’m @ChristinaDodd.)
I’m excited to see which cover wins the popular vote and what you have to say about the final WRONG ALIBI cover. Book covers are so important to sell to a new audience, but more important, I know you want the cover to feel right for the story.
I’ll send a follow-up letter with some of your more fun, enlightening comments.
One last very cool thing: DEAD GIRL RUNNING, book 1 of the Cape Charade series, is on e-sale for $1.99 for Kindle and Nook, and for $3.99 for Kobo, Apple Books, and GooglePlay. As a bonus, DEAD GIRL RUNNING includes the series introductory short story, HARD TO KILL. Yes, the short story is in the paperback, too!
As you continue in isolation or perhaps make your way slowly and carefully into a changed world, may you find health, happiness, and employment, and I hope books give you constant companionship, knowledge and comfort.
New York Times bestselling author who reminds you to:
Be safe — my readers are precious to me!
“My wife Mary and I have been married for forty-seven years and not once have we had an argument serious enough to consider divorce; murder, yes, but divorce, never.” —Jack Benny (I thought this might speak to those of us who are…ahem, those of you who are in isolation with a significant other. )
An early photo of The Husband
He’s the one on the left.