Tuesday, September 20, 2011
One of the things that a publishing company does for an author--or at least, that my lovely editor does for me--in the process of making a book is to send said author some sample covers once the design has been agreed upon and the book is in the process of being printed. It's a nice way to get something in your hand, as an author, to look at and say, "This will be my book."
But let's be real: This is not the most useful item on the planet. It's a cover. It's flat (both front and back covers are included, but it's not folded). There's no book inside. It's nice to look at, but that's about it.
So when I got the three copies of the OLD HAUNTS cover, for the book due in February, one thought leapt immediately to mind: "I only need one of these."
That's where you come in.
If you'd like to get a first look at the cover of OLD HAUNTS, and have it in your hand, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR, here's your chance. I'm announcing the first (as far as I know) EMPTY COVER CONTEST in publishing history.
Here's how it works: You quote your FAVORITE LINE from the Haunted Guesthouse series. Either published book. If it's from OLD HAUNTS, I'm going to want to know who your mole inside Berkley Publishing might be. Otherwise, I'll assume the line is from NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEED or AN UNINVITED GHOST.
Send that quote in an email to ejcopperman [at] gmail [dot] com. Send it before midnight, Monday October 17. (That's the night of October 17, not the first moment in the morning. You have all day Monday, I'm saying.)
All entries received on time will be ceremoniously dumped into the nearest hat and two (because I have two extra covers) will be pulled out at random. They'll be signed by the author (that's me) and sent to the winner (hopefully, that's YOU!). Winners will be announced Tuesday, October 18.
For more information (or the same information in different words), go to my website and look under "CONTEST."