Monday, 30 May 2011

The Sequel to "The Abaddon Stone."

The sequel to the Abaddon Stone has been started. Stacey Mckenna is the daughter of Charlotte Mckenna; the Heroine of The Abaddon Stone.
Charlotte has returned to Seoul to resume her quest to seek out "The Abaddon Stone," and Stacey has followed her mother into the service of "The Company"... the CIA.
An accomplished pilot, she has joined the ranks of Air America flying out from Laos during the Vietnam War....

Here is a preview of the provisional book cover....

Why? You may ask, do you create the cover before the novel plot is completed?
I work this way because the cover of a book is probably the most difficult thing to accomplish successfully. This includes the "Blurb" on the back cover. The Title of the book gives a basic description of what the book is about in either one word or a short phrase. The colour of the cover is important because it corresponds with the theme of the book. A book's theme is the main picture people get when they read the book. For example; love equals red, and danger and death equals black. The theme should have a corresponding colour. Pictures tend to give the reader an image of the story, so when they read it, they can get a better picture in their mind of what's going on.
Designing the cover gives me an insight into how the plot will build. This sounds strange as I am actually creating the plot, but it puts me where the reader will be when they first see the book, and gives me a clear view of how the storyline is developing as I write it.  If I get stuck, I simply study the cover and imagine what the reader is expecting from their initial sight of the cover.
It may not work for you, but seems to work for me!

More to follow later!

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