MAGGIE THOM GUEST POST
Today we have a guest post from author Maggie Thom! Please make her feel welcome and leave comments!
He didn’t commit suicide but who’s going to believe her…
Frustrated at being fired from her latest job and overwhelmed by her consolatory family, Sam decides to move to the family’s cabin at the lake. A place she hasn’t been since her dad committed suicide there twenty years before. Or did he? Snooping is something she’s good at but someone seems to be taking offense to her looking too closely at what has been happening at the lake. What she discovers is shocking. Now she must uncover what’s real and what’s not. All that she learned growing up, may be false. Keegan, who has recently moved to the area to finish his latest book, is also trying to find out if his grandfather, who’d passed away ten years before, died of natural causes or was murdered? The descendants of the four families, who own the land around the lagoon, are dying off. Since Sam and Keegan are the only ones questioning the deaths, they find themselves working together to seek the truth. Are people being murdered? Who would benefit from their deaths? Why would there be barricades and armed guards at the north end of the lake? To stay alive, Sam and Keegan must find the answers and convince others, before more people are killed… including them.
“This is a book that will have you on the edge of your seat. Just when you think the story is over, think again.” Read Your Writes Book Reviews
What the Cover Reveals
By Maggie Thom
Whether you’re book is a paperback or an ebook the book cover is almost as important as the amazing story you’ve written. Some would say that as an ebook it has to be even more enticing and engaging to attract attention through the bombardment of all that is on the internet. People are generally visual and make judgements very fast and move on very quickly, so your book cover needs to grab their attention long enough for them to check out what your novel is about. It is the first impression they have about your book.
Another way to think about the cover is to think of it as the window to your book. So what is the view telling people? If your book is a gentle, cozy kind of book you don’t want fire on the front. The same holds true if you book is about wars or murder. You’re probably not going to have a picture of a beautiful flower on the front, unless it has blood dripping from it or it is gripped in the hands of a dead person. What you put on the cover really needs to reflect what’s inside. People are not only going to determine if they like the cover but whether it is a type of book that they would like to read. So it has to be eye catching but tell a story of its own.
If you’re writing romances than you are more likely to have one or two people on the front. What they are doing and the level of undress can be determined to some degree by how explicit your book is or the depth of the love story.
If you’re writing suspense or mystery, then you want there to be some mystery, some intrigue on the front – maybe a weapon, a dead body, someone hiding.
If you’re writing fantasy than you want something that shows that the people are different or the world is different.
Each genre of book is going to require that there be something a bit different on the cover. It gets a little tricky when your book crosses over several genres but it just may mean you have to include a few more elements on your cover.
Not only does the picture matter but so do the colors. If it is a cozy, warm hearted story than you probably don’t want black or browns or super bright reds or oranges. Softer colors would go with the softer story. If it’s a swashbuckling tale than you are going to want blacks, whites, grays, browns with maybe some splashes of color. So really think about whether your story is dark like horrors or light, like a love story and does it have a happy ending.
There really are a lot of factors to consider in creating your book cover. It needs to entice, to draw people in, to make them curious as to what is inside. Really the front of the book is the packaging. So make it attractive and tempting. Make sure the cover appeals to you but that it is also conveying your story. Ask some of your friends or people who’ve read your book if they feel that the picture goes with the story that you’ve created. There are some amazing book covers out there, make sure yours stands out in the crowd.
What appeals to you on a book cover?
Maggie Thom took the challenge and leapt off, leaving a fulltime, twenty year career in management, to write full time. After her initial panic that she might need a straight jacket, she published her first book Captured Lies, October 2012. And now is excited to release her second novel, Tainted Waters, April, 2013. Her third book, Deceitful Truths (sequel to Captured Lies), available fall of 2013. An avid reader and writer her whole life, she decided to break the monotony of wishing to be an author by making it happen. Married to her best friend, she is learning that humor, love and patience help her navigate her way through her twins’ teen years. Her motto: Escape to read and Read to escape. “Maggie Thom writes a fast paced thriller laced with romance that keeps the reader interested and on edge!” InDtale Magazine
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