I'm at a Kinko's in Pasadena for reasons too complicated to go into. But the good things are that I had a terrific time at the Steinbeck Institute's Authors Table fundraiser in Monterey last weekend. The best part of the event -- well, it was all good, but I really enjoyed meeting other writers. More on that when I'm not paying by the minute for net access.
I stopped by Vroman's
, which is the oldest and largest indie bookstore in SoCal, and signed several copies of Casa Dracula
. Of course, I couldn't leave without buying some books, too.
After this I have a break from doing events, and I'll be kicking back with my huge pile of books to read. Of course, I'm picking up a copy of Jeanne's The Becoming
for my vamp fix.
I love her new cover. "Covers are everything
," booksellers will tell you. We're still working on the cover for my next novel, Midnight Brunch
. How do you convey humor, the paranormal, and whatnot graphically? Humor is the toughest to show in a cover, I think. I'm sure they teach this in design school, though. They say, "Put a banana peel on it." Or "Add a fake nose and glasses. That's hilarious."
Gotta say that some of my favorite books have dreadful bookcovers. And I often find myself being attracted to the same covers over and over, even though I may not be interested in the book. What's your favorite cover? What attracts you, and what makes your skin crawl?