Welcome to the part two of my interview with Robert Evert. In case you missed part one, click here.
In a recent blog post, you mentioned sitting next to a famous author on a flight and he/she gave you marketing advice. Can you share some of that with our readers who may not have read your blog? (Readers you can visit Robert’s blog here for a more in depth answer)
She was really helpful, not just by entertaining me on a very long flight from Oslo to New York, but also by telling me about what publishers want from new writers. We talked for several hours about the need for writers to have a marketing plan and a well-established presence on social media. It was a real eye-opener. I thought I just had to write a decent story. Evidently, I have to be social as well. Go figure!
What are you currently reading?
In print, I’m reading Christine Green’s “Deadly Errand”, Simon Brett’s The “Poisoning in the Pub”, and Jasper Kent’s “Thirteen Years Later”. On audio, I’m listening to a book on ancient history. I can’t recall the title. On my computer, I’m reading a bunch of manuscripts other new and aspiring writers have been sending me.
So much to read, so little time…
The cover for “Riddle in Stone” was one of my favorite covers ever. Any cover ideas for the sequel?
Well, thanks! I’ll pass that along to the art department at Diversion Books. I’m sure I owe much of the success I’ve had to them and their wonderful cover.
I always have ideas for covers, but the problem is when you’re a nobody writer, you don’t really get to design your cover. You can’t say, “I want a painting of this and that and these colors.”
I tried with “Riddle in Stone”; but they basically laughed at me. Instead, you get covers created from existing pictures.
Don’t get me wrong, the art people are wonderful at putting things together. However, you can only do something with the pictures that are available. That creates some problems for my books.
You see, my characters aren’t really typical. Edmund is middle aged, balding man who has one-eye. Most of the available artwork involves burly men with tattoos and their shirts torn off.
And, oh, they also seem to all wear really tight trousers! Don’t know why.
None of that fits my books. So we are limited in what covers we can make. But I’m sure the art people will do something wonderful for the second book. Fingers crossed!
By the way, if any of you are members of Goodreads, please visit the site for my book, “Riddle in Stone”. “Riddle in Stone” was put on several lists—including ‘best cover’ and ‘books you want other people to know about.’ If you have time, please ‘vote’ for “Riddle in Stone”.
What character/scene/book do you wish you had written?
Hmmm. There’s so much that I could talk about here. I have tons of ideas for future books.
I suppose if my book, which I refuse to utter its name again, doesn’t sell enough to warrant another sequel, I think my next project will be a satire about higher education. I’m a faculty member at a major university. It’d be interesting to write something about my odd coworkers and insane administration. I’m tenured. I can do what I want now!
If you like somewhat dark fantasies and need something to read this summer, please consider my book. You can read the first chapter on Amazon.
If you’ve already read it, please write a review wherever you can—even if you think it sucks. Every review helps, especially on Amazon.com, Goodreads.com, and BarnesandNoble.com!
For parts of the interview not used in this article, view the complete interview at The Bookworm’s Fancy.
Erin Eymard aka The Bookworm has been an Examiner since May 2013. She also has her own book blog, The Bookworm’s Fancy, and contributes to The New Podler Review of Books. For more updates, subscribe to the New Orleans Book Examiner.