Archive for April, 2013

What will The Curse Giver’s Cover look like? Want to take a peek?

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Book covers are a lot like people: They come in different sizes and colors, interpreting all kinds of diverse concepts and ideas, seeking attention. Selecting a book cover is an important part of the process of putting together a book, because, let’s face it, we all judge a book by its cover. I know I do. Don’t you?

The advent of the electronic book took the pressure off cover design, at least for a little while. Many of the original electronic readers weren’t capable of showcasing the cover’s art and many authors and publishers took advantage of that to cut back on cost. After all, original cover art is expensive and in the current book market, everyone is looking for ways to increase those very slim margins.

But new electronic readers and tablets are reversing that trend. These newer e-readers are perfectly able to convey the nuances of a well-designed cover, many of them in high definition. Book covers are back and authors and publishers everywhere understand the need to put out covers that grab the reader’s attention.

I want the same for my books. I’ve been very fortunate to work with quality publishers who seek to put together excellent books. In my experience, one of the big advantages of working with independent publishers is that they seek and value the author’s opinions. So I was thrilled when my publisher, Lida Quillen of Twilight Times books asked me for ideas about a cover for The Curse Giver.

I got to work on a range of concepts, from simple to complex, from easy to hard. Original cover art is not just pricy; it’s time consuming and labor intensive. Lots of publishers choose to illustrate their covers with stock art because they can save lots of money. So I was delighted when my publisher selected Brad Fraunfelter,, who proposed a very realistic cover with lots of details in a slightly painterly style similar to the art of Donato Giancola.

His proposal’s rough sketch was ambitious, following my most complex cover suggestion. It showed a powerful warrior holding a woman whose naked back displayed the faint outline of butterfly wings. At first, I was a little shocked. If you’ve seen my books, you know that none of them showed people on the covers. That’s because I like to respect the reader’s individual imagination. But in his original proposal, the artist didn’t show faces, just bodies. I liked the power I saw in those images. I liked the passion he brought to the proposal.

In the next few weeks, Brad Fraunfelter will be completing the cover. It will be very different from my previous books. I don’t know exactly what the end result will look like, but I have no doubt about a couple of things: It will be an original piece of art and it will be a bold statement.

Want to take a peek?

Here it is!

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What do you think?

Seven Unholy Days

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Seven Unholy Days

Lunacy plus vast techno-resources make for a REALLY bad week for the world. That’s the premise for Jerry Hatchet’s exciting new thriller, SEVEN UNHOLY DAYS, just released today. It’s one of my favorite thrillers, a smart, fast, crisp page turner. Here’s what James Rollins—yes, the NYT & international bestselling author James Rollins—had to say about Seven Unholy Days:

“A simple glitch in a power grid heralds the beginning of a madman’s scheme to bring about a biblical apocalypse. Written in a staccato style that will leave readers breathless and flipping pages long into the night, Hatchett’s first novel, SEVEN UNHOLY DAYS, is a thriller not to be missed!”

And here’s Jerry Hatchet’s latest interview about his new thriller:

I: Where did the idea come from for Seven Unholy Days?

JH: After losing power for a couple of weeks in an ice storm, I became acutely aware of just how dependent we are on electric power and wanted to explore that issue in a story. From that seed the story grew into a techno-story peppered with deciphering ancient clues.

I: What genre does your book fall under?

JH: Thriller, specifically a technothriller.

I: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

LH: Matthew McConaughey would be a great Matt Decker (the main character). Jack Nicholson would be the ultimate actor for the villain.

I: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

JH: Lunacy plus vast techno-resources make for a REALLY bad week for the world.

I: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

JH: I worked on the first draft for about a year.

I: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

JH: I think readers of Daniel Suarez’s titles DAEMON and FREEDOM will find it particularly engaging, along with those who enjoy clue-driven tales like those by Dan Brown.

I: Who or What inspired you to write this book?

JH: There are a lot of authors whose work inspired and influenced but at the end of the day, I wanted to write a story I would love to read myself. I’m a big fan of Grisham’s crisp narratives, the clue chases of James Rollins, and the overall power to craft a compelling story of Nelson DeMille.

I: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

JH: Based on a lot of feedback from private readers, this is a story that grabs you early and never lets go. James Rollins did me the honor of reading it and told me it kept him up most of the night because he couldn’t put it down. It’s timely and very contemporary while also revolving around a hunt to find and decipher ancient clues. Give it a look!

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