About that writing project: y'see, we were wandering through Amazon's Kindle listings, when we saw a self-published novel that, on the surface, didn't appear to be a winner. It was fiction, we like that in a novel, with an uninspiring title and a not particularly interesting storyline. The sample we downloaded was fairly bleh. And, yet, when we checked the book's sales rating -- well, it was waaaaay above anything we've written. So what did this particular author did to boost his readership?
He put a sexy woman on the cover of his book. As far as we can tell, that was the winning move.
The woman above? We collected her picture from Free Random Wallpapers and they say this shot of Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas is in public domain. Which is good because, otherwise, we've got to have Harrell pose in a bikini and nobody is gonna want that image in their head.
It could well be that this particular author has a rabid fan base or that his particular novel just rings all kinds of bells for the right kind of readers (and we're not the right kind of readers) or, maybe, the book is getting all kind of buzz and we missed it. Living in the Arizona mountains, we miss most of the buzz about everything.
Or, again, it could be because the author put a sexy woman on the cover of his book.
It so happens that we rarely create stories featuring sexy people. Even the pets in our stories tend to be strays or mutts. But, years back, we did write this one detective story, a novella really, narrated by a terribly corrupt, wonderfully gorgeous woman...and, suddenly, we had a desire to find out if image is everything. It isn't a money thing, truly. It's a curiosity thing.
We pulled out the detective story and updated it, which, for some reason, took pieces of an entire week. After editing the piece, we shipped the story off to a couple of beta readers. While they beta-read, Renée collected the pieces she needed to create a cover for the piece. She made the cover, sexy girl front and center, and shipped the thing off to our beta viewer -- yes, we have beta viewers, everyone should be so lucky -- and she discovered she needed to rework the cover. Which is okay because, it turns out, we need to rework the story, too.
At this moment, we think we'll have everything done soon and should be able to publish the novella in December, just in case people want a hot and steamy girl in their electronic stocking. Will anyone buy it?
Ah, that's what we want to know, too.