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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

I'm a star?



So you've seen what the front side looks like (above). Today, I got an e-mail from my editor with the text for the back of the book. It's always strange to see 400 pages that you've worked on so intimately and for such a long time be distilled down to a few paragraphs, but I think my editors do a great job of it.

So here's what the back cover will say:

He’s on the run.
She’s on the story.
And the heat is on the rise...


Pamela Clare’s novels have made her a star of romantic suspense. Her new novel is a scorchingly sensual tale that twists and turns on a dangerous—and potentially fatal—journey...

Journalist Sophie Alton is investigating the disappearance of a young mother named Megan, recently paroled and now running from the law with her baby daughter. The search leads Sophie to Megan’s brother Marc, a convicted killer—and the man she shared an unforgettable night with twelve years ago.

Condemned to life in prison, Marc uses Sophie to escape so he can find his sister and protect her from the monster who’s pursuing her. Sophie knows she should fear Marc. But the heat and hunger of his touch still linger in her mind—and body—after all this time.

Together they will follow a dangerous trail, as people on both sides of the law do everything they can to keep them from finding Megan—and a shocking truth about the past…

“Powerful, sexy and unforgettable, Unlawful Contact is the kind of story I love to read. Pamela Clare is a dazzling talent.”
—New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster


I have to admit that I got all excited when I read that I am a star. Hurray! And I'm still over the moon about the Lori Foster quote. I also like the "both sides of the law" bit — a reference to the activities of the bad guy, of course, but also of a certain Julian Darcangelo.

So... What do you think? Would this make you want to read the book?

I know that when I'm looking for a novel, I think of authors I want to read. Then I judge books according to their covers — don't we all??? I look at the art on the front, and I look at the text on the back. And usually that's what makes the decision for me as to whether I'll buy the book. Sometimes, I read the excerpt on the inside. If it's not hot and romantic, the book goes back on the shelf.

How do you pick a book? Do you judge books by their covers?

12 comments:

JennJ said...

YES MAM You are most definitely a star!!! See I told ya lol. :)

This would make me read the book it's a great blurb, but honestly your name on it alone would have sold me on it after reading your other novels.

I am with you the cover art always plays a MAJOR part in my buying a book or not IF I have never read the author before. Now if it's one of my favorite authors that rule goes out the window. But I have bought most of my books because I loved the cover when I picked it up and then read the back to see what the blurb says. (This is how I first found you too by the cover of Carnal Pleasure then I read the back and said oooooooo gotta try this!)And since then I just buy them because I love your writing.

So enjoy that star status mam it's only going to rise higher I can feel it.

Libby Loo said...

Frick yeah, you're a star! A Supa-star! (just don't go smelling your 'pits at the next RWA, OK?)

I'm all about the covers, but I'm easily fooled by glamorous things so I have a process. If I'm out browsing and I see a pretty cover (you know I'm all about the pretties) I'm grabbing that baby. A beautiful cover tells me that a publisher has invested a lot in this author and I'm more likely to at least pick up the book and read the blurb. To me a crappy cover or one that looks just like every other cover isn't to promising.

The blurb is my next test. If it sounds remotely lame or like something else I've read, even the pretty books are going back on the shelf. It has to grab me, wow me, and prove to me it's worth my eight bucks and the four hours it's going to take to read it. Or if it has a magical armpit portal with a tickly key...you KNOW that's going to be some story ;)

So if those two tests are a GO I check the inside cover to make sure it's not like the third book in a continuous series or something, and then I read the first few pages.

And then I buy it :)

Christi said...

Honestly Pamela - your writing talent speaks for itself! Anyone who has read any/only ONE of your novels knows that you can bring to life the most sensual, thrilling and i-can't-put-this-down-right-now-honey-so-leave-me-alone novels ever. I agree the covers are tantilizzzzing but I would read anything you write no matter the cover/back page. Congrats on the kudos (but we all know you deserve it) and I for one cannot wait till it is published!

Debbie H said...

You so deserve the star status! If the book is a new to me author, the cover draws me in, the back cover and the blurb hook me. I'm with the others here, if it is an author I know and love (yes, you know you are one of them) I would buy it no matter what the cover looked like or the blurb said!

Debbie_D said...

We always knew you were a star!

I'm like the others here, cover first then back blurb, then check if it's part of a series. I have about 5 "auto-buy" authors that I buy whatever they write, no matter the cover or blurb (of course you're one of them)!

Congrats and enjoy your stardom!

Aimee said...

If I know & love the author, auto-buy. If not, cover then blurb.

I also rely a LOT on the reviews inside the book. I have found that if an author I love has given the book a raving review, I will love it also!

Chic, I knew from the second I read the bar scene in Extreme Exposure (which was the first book of yours I read)that you were a star!

Casee said...

Squee!!! That sounds great!

Yes, I definitely judge books by their covers. Not saying that I won't pick up a book by an author I've read before if I don't like their cover, but I've found a lot of new authors b/c of how much I've liked the covers.

Did that make sense or was it just one long runonsentence?

Anonymous said...

Hey Pam! Of course you're a star! We all knew that.

As to how I pick my books, auto-buy authors and RBL recommends. That's just about it for me. Every once in a while - very very seldom - I'll fall in love with a cover and then I'll buy the book without reading anything. I like my stories to be total surprises, so I don't read blurbs. Since I love romance and a good story, the details don't matter in the selection of a book to read.

Congrats on the quote! Well deserved.

Beaty

Cheryle said...

A Star!!!! You most certainly are. I am like most of the others. The cover grabs me sometimes even the title and then the back usually seals the deal. Like Debbie though I have auto buy authors and you are one of them!

When I need something different then what I normally read you deliver it!

You all are so sweet!!! I'm going to ask them to put a gold star on my office door at the newspaper. LOL!

JennJ, thanks so much! I'm glad that cover on Carnal lured you in. :-)

Libby, did I smell my pits at RWA? Are you talkin' 'bout my Asian sammich photo? Well, at least my pits smelled goooood. But I was thinking they could have a whole subgenre of "body part portal" books. If just the right person licks the heroine here, they're both instantly transported to the darkest jungles of some distant planet. Could be fun. Who knows what those portals might be?

Thanks so much, Christi. I can't wait till the book is out either. April seems very far away.

DebbieH, thanks! You're a dear! Yes, for me, too, there are authors whose books I pick up regardless of what the cover looks like or what the back blurb says. I love Julie Garwood's historicals, and I'm so glad she's going to be writing historicals again.

Hi, DebbieD. WOW! One of five auto-buys? I'm honored! And thanks!

Thanks, Aimee, dear. You know that bar scene in EE really pissed some readers off. Check out the reviews on Amazon. There's one who says I need to either keep writing historicals or have my work edited — all because of that bar scene. Of course, what she doesn't know — and what you can believe — is that I really said that stuff. :-D

Casee, that totally made sense. There have been a few books I've picked up solely because of the cover where I didn't even care what the book was about. I just had to read it. The Dark Highlander was one of them.

Beaty, so good to see you! Yes, RBL is a great way to wade through the choices. I don't think I've ever had to spend time looking at books on shelves in the bookstore since I joined up, come to think of it. But I don't like surprises. When I go to movies, I have to know how it's going to end. I'm not as bad as Lin about this, because I don't read the last chapters of books. LOL!

Hey, Cheryle! I'm so honored to be one of the authors you read when you need something different. LOL!

Libby Loo said...

OMG I was talking about Mary Catherine Gallagher on Superstar LOL! Remember how she sticks her hands in her 'pits and pulls them out and smells them when she gets nervous? I'm just saying...

;)

Well, Libs, I can completely promise you that I will never do that, no matter how popular my books become or no matter how smelly my pits. Weird habit to have! She needs a "personal habits consultant" or something so she can replace that with nail-biting.

Hope you're doing well!

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