Sunday, January 6, 2008

Bloody Halls by Carl Brookins

We want you to share your book cover with us. An attractive cover is a big element in the appeal of your book.

We want the details about yours.

Did you design the cover?
Nope. I write books and make photographs and do television. I don't have the talent
to do graphic design.

Did your publisher design the cover?
Yes, or to be specific she had an artist do it.

Did you get to give any input about the cover design?

Is there an interesting story behind the cover design? If so, please share the
You notice the central piece is a traditional cap and tassel? For years the
graduating students at the college which is the focus of this mystery did not wear
caps and gowns at graduation. It was a very non-traditional college. In fact, there
was no campus at all. That's all changed over the years, but I find it interesting
(to me at least) that the novel is about a period before the C&G became a normal
experience for the graduates.

Who is the cover artist?
Gee, I don't think I ever knew, but I'm sure my publisher at Echelon Press knows her

Are you happy with the cover?

If not, what would you change and why?
The printed cover has a blurb. I like the blurb but I prefer the cover without it.

Tell us what you think is the best part of the cover.
The color scheme is eye-catching. I always like covers with a lot of white.

Is there anything else about your cover that we need to know? Feel free to share.

Please provide your website link.

What is the link to buy your book?
Independent bookstores all over the place, Amazon, B&, Borders, Books a Million

Please send me a copy of your cover along with your answers so the blog readers can
see your cover and read your thoughts.

Carl Brookins
Old Silver, The Case of the Greedy Lawyers
Bloody Halls

1 comment:

carl brookins said...

Yes, I know, I'm commenting on my own piece here. So, sue me. Covers are vital to attract first responses. Bright primary colors evoke best initial responses to entice interest.

But it is also pretty clear that a book cover ought to be accurate. We see a lot of criticism of covers that are not good representations of the content of the book. Not a good circumstance.