Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
Countdown time. My new novel is on the horizon.
I have the paperback proof in my hot little hands, and I’ve been poring over it for those hitherto undetected typos that always sneak up on you here near the end. So far so good.
What excites me most right now, though, is the fabulous cover designed by my go-to artist/designer, Max Scratchmann, which I’ll be revealing soon. It so nails the sense of the book that I have to think it’ll sell a number of copies on its own. People might want the book just so they can have this beauty of a cover on their end table. (Of course, I do hope they read and like the story too!)
In case you’ve forgotten, the title of the book is Town Father — Or, Where Graceful Girls Abound. It’s a historical fantasia set in 1880s Gold Country, concerning a town composed only of women. Three hundred of them, to be exact. They have the closest thing there is to a utopian life in the foothills, but it worries them that their little town of Hestia will vanish one day if they’re unable to replenish the population. What they need is a town father.
Enter Henry O’Farrell, benign Philadelphian. The women hire him to come out and perform sundry duties (without telling him what they are, naturally). To put it plainly, he has no idea what he’s getting into when he accepts the job.
Gives new meaning to the term “Mother Lode.”
Just to try something a little different this time, I’ll be publishing the paperback first. No publicity. No manic hype. I’ll just announce that it’s available to order, and those readers who swear by print will fork over $11. Think of it as a Kickstarter campaign for marketing funds. You trade some modest money for the book, and then you start a groundswell of grassroots word-of-mouth in advance of the ebook. Simple.
Even if you’re an avid reader of ebooks, you’re going to want the paperback this time. Trust me. Max has done a spectacular job, not only with the cover but also with the interior design. And once again, CreateSpace print-on-demand books are, to my eye, indistinguishable from trade paperbacks put out by the Big Five.
So. Coming soon. Town Father — Or, Where Graceful Girls Abound.
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