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Today I’m delighted to be on the ‘Not Mushroom For Death’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I’ll be sharing a guest post written by the author, but first I have some information
About the Author :
Hello. I’m Helen Golden. I write British contemporary cozy whodunnits with a hint of humour. I live in small village in Lincolnshire in the UK with my husband, my step-daughter, her two cats, our two dogs, sometimes my step-son, and our tortoise.
I used to work in senior management, but after my recent job came to a natural end I had the opportunity to follow my dreams and start writing. It’s very early in my life as an author, but so far I’m loving it.
It’s crazy busy at our house, so when I’m writing I retreat to our caravan (an impulsive lockdown purchase) which is mostly parked on our drive. When I really need total peace and quiet, I take it to a lovely site about 15 minutes away and hide there until my family runs out of food or clean clothes
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About the Book :
TV Chef Luca Mazza Dies After Collapse at Food Show on the King’s Private Estate.
Luca Mazza (38), who was taken ill during a food demonstration at the Fenn House Food and Wine Festival two days ago, is now known to have ingested poison. Lady Beatrice (36), the king’s niece, who is working on a refurbishment project at Fenn House with her business partner Perry Juke (34), is believed to be comforting Luca’s boss and close friend Sebastiano Marchetti (38), who she began dating last month.
Is he crazy? Why else would Detective Chief Inspector Richard Fitzwilliam suggest that Sebastiano poisoned Luca without any evidence? So now, with the help of her little dog Daisy and her best friends Perry and Simon, Lady Beatrice will have to prove to Mr Know-it-all Fitzwilliam that Seb is innocent. But with so many people having access to the food preparation area at the show how will she find out who did murder Luca before Fitzwilliam lets his personal dislike get the better of him and arrests Seb?
And now it’s finally time for the
Never judge a book by its cover … except this one!
Have you ever wondered how a book cover gets from its initial concept to its final version? Well if you have, let me share with you the various iterations the cover of my new release, Not Mushroom For Death, went through before I agreed on the final version.
A book’s cover is its most important asset — when browsing online or in person in a book shop, even before a potential reader has got to the back matter to find out what the book is all about, in most cases they have decided if they want to know more based solely on the cover and the title.
A cover must work very hard. Not only does it have to be aesthetically pleasing and professional looking, but it also needs to give a clear sense of the theme, the action and most importantly, the genre it fits into. It must tell the reader what to expect. Because most readers don’t want to think they’re looking at a thriller just to find out when they read the back matter that it’s actually a paranormal romance, or vice versa — that’s a waste of their time. And for that reason many readers will scroll or walk on pass a book if it isn’t clear from the cover what genre it is.
So how do you convey all that information on the cover of a book?
Well, it’s a combination of colour, fonts, titles and subtitles, images (the type as well as the subject), and composition. Oh and one more thing — it’s got to fit in with other books in the same genre. Again it’s all about what readers expect. Take a look at the cover transition below…
You can see how each iteration made a change or two, whether it was colour, fonts, image, or title, each one moving the cover closer to what cozy mystery readers expect – bold colours, vector type images, clean fonts, series title on the cover, a sense of time-setting (if appropriate). They want to get a feeling that it will be a light and easy read, with often an animal on the cover (if there’s one in the book), and a pun-based title.
Hopefully you’ll agree that the final version is eye catching, fits with the book’s name and is genre appropriate. It’s something a cozy reader will see and recognise as a book they would like to know more about.
So while the old saying of ‘never judge a book by its cover’ is a good rule to live by when it comes to assessing people, in the case of books the truth is that readers really do judge a book by its cover!
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