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As promised, I have spent the day working on the cover of what-is-almost-certainly “Worm in the Blossom”.  My task is made significantly easier by the fact that this book is part of a series with an established “look” to the covers, but there are several elements to those covers.  And they are:

  • colour – I’m thinking a deep, rich red
  • background image of a document – banknote on “Fatal Forgery”, share certificate on “The Man in the Canary Waistcoat”, and now chosen for “Worm in the Blossom” (what a tease I am)
  • foreground line drawing of a figure – Sam Plank on “FF”, the man in the canary waistcoat on “Canary”, and yes, now chosen for “Worm”
  • title – 95% certain it’s going to be “Worm in the Blossom”
  • upper strapline – “A Sam Plank Mystery”, as on “Canary”
  • lower strapline – “A fascinating and engrossing read – an emerging historical novelist to watch” – Editor’s Choice, Historical Novel Society Indie Review

I am also planning to put more lengthy excerpts from reviews inside – two each for “FF” and “Canary”.  And, thanks to the joy of print-on-demand publishing, I can go back and add reviews to “FF” and “Canary” too – as well as putting a puff in them for “Worm” (once the title is 100% rather than 95%).  I’ve emailed the reviewers to ask for permission.

So now we turn to the trickiest part of the cover: the back-cover blurb.  I’ve already had a few comments from a writer friend, and now we’re working with this: “In the stifling summer of 1826, the indefatigable Constable Sam Plank is pulled into another baffling case. A fatal fall from a horse in Hyde Park sets in motion a series of revelations that will shock even him. Blackmail, corruption, lies and secrets – and at their dark heart the most shameful crime of the age.”  Any thoughts?  Does it tempt you?  Do you mind that the final sentence is not a complete sentence?  (Ex-teacher – I just can’t help worrying.)