It’s All About The Book Cover

Recently, I reshot the cover to my novel In the Mirror.  I’d been wanting and needing to reshoot the cover for a long time.  The first time the cover was shot was when In the Mirror was published by Dewdrop Publishing.  The cover featured my beautiful cousin, Dana Pryor, who plays the main character, Jasmine Falls.

It is a wonderful cover.  I love it, but it didn’t attract many readers.  There was something missing from the cover.  Not long after its release, I was able to acquire the rights to In the Mirror and I decided to reshoot the cover.  Now, I’ve never bought a book based on the cover.  I’m title’s person, meaning, if the title grabs my attention, I’m picking up the book to see what it’s about.  I now understand that covers do the same for most readers.  Their first introduction to you as a writer is the cover, and if it doesn’t grab them, they won’t grab the book.

So I had this wonderful idea for a cover and had a friend, Steven Houk, who dabbles in photograph to shoot it for me.  For the talent, I again used my cousin Dana, who is Jasmine.  I asked my co-worker, Lauren Smith, to play the role of Regina Roberts, and I asked my former publisher, Devlon Waddell, to play the role of Daniel Roberts.  This is what we came up with.

This cover attracted a whole lot of attention.  Every book fair I attended, I sold several copies because it drew people over to my table.  And once they read the synopsis, they couldn’t wait to read it.  The only problem is this cover didn’t exactly do what I wanted.  I wanted it to be a night time scene, but we weren’t able to achieve that.  So it looks like Jasmine is standing in Daniel and Regina’s room in the middle of the afternoon as they are napping.  Also, we had elongate the image because we couldn’t originally shoot it vertically.  So everyone is distorted, which I could say plays a part in how Jasmine views the relationship.  Yeah, I could say that.  It sounds really good….Naw…

Soooo, that brings me to April 23, 2017.  I’ll tell you all about that day in my next post.

Page Turners Book Club

The coolest thing in an author’s life happened to me. Page Turners Bookclub selected Water in a Broken Glass for their book of the month. The discussion was originally supposed to take place in a restaurant, but I received a phone call from Page Turners this morning. People have been calling the library wanting to attend, so the library asked them to have the discussion at the branch instead. Crazy, right? I want to thank Page Turners Bookclub, Mr. Farmer of the Woodlawn Library, and the people who love Water in a Broken Glass for making my day.

Click on the link to read all about it.

http://md.evanced.info/bcpl/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=127385

The Artist Exchange

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Nate, the host of The Artist Exchange Radio Show, will be interviewing me and Jamelle on Friday, February 17, 2017.  We will discuss everything from writing, acting, movie-making, and of course how Water in a Broken Glass made its way to the big screen.  Tune-in and call in.  Thanks in advance.  I be listening for your call on tomorrow night.

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Liberty Lite Bookclub

I had an absolute ball with the Liberty Lite Bookclub.  Everyone was so welcoming and we had a great discussion.  I love it when readers can tell me things about my work that I didn’t even see.  I want to thank Liberty Lite Bookclub for featuring Water in a Broken Glass and for loving it as much as I do.

6th Annual African American Author’s & Empowerment Expo

Yesterday, I attended the 6th Annual African American Author’s & Empowerment Expo.  This wonderful event is the baby of Patricia Johnson-Harris, one of the hosts of  Authors Talk Live blog radio show.  Although she is not an author, Pat is a great supporter of authors.  This is my second year attending the Expo and it’s been a blessing.  I’ve connected with so many talented authors and the sweetest, most supportive readers.  You feel loved when you are at this event.  I am so thankful to be a part of it.  I can’t wait until next year.

CityLit Festival and Baltimore’s Uprising

This year I attended the 12th Annual CityLit Festival, which is held at the central branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.  It took place the Saturday after what is now known as “Baltimore’s Uprising.”  It was a difficult time for the Baltimore.  At CityLit, a number of authors and poets discussed their work and expressed their feelings about the riots and their love for Baltimore.

 

Four Square

Kizmic’s Journey is all about loving and remembering your childhood.  Some of the things we remember the most are the games we played.  Four Square was one of those games.

 

Hand Games

Kizmic’s Journey takes us back to the 70’s when children played hand games.  I got together with my family and friends and went back down memory lane.

 

Fan Appreciation Day

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On Saturday, July 25th, my new publishers, Edward Robinson and Natalie Stokes-Peters, held an Odessa Rose Fan Appreciation Day for all the people that have supported my writing.  It was a great event.  I wasn’t sure if I could do something like that at first, but when I realized that I’d be able to thank all of you for believing in and like my work, I was all for it.

We enjoyed good food, music, and conversation.  I read a chapter from Kizmic’s Journey and I must say that it was a hit.  I was a little worried that people wouldn’t like it, but everyone loved it.  I’m going to do another reading this week and I’m going to post it here so people can see it.

Kizmic’s Journey is a wonderful story. I love the characters.  I love the events that take place.  It really takes you back to your childhood.

Kizmic’s Journey is scheduled for release in 2016.  I can’t wait for you all to read it.

 

Here are a few pictures with some friends that came out.

 

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Four Square

In Baltimore, we played a game called Four Square or Block Ball, depending on what side of the city you lived.  I grew up in northwest Baltimore, and we called it Four Square.  I got together with my friends and family to relive our childhood playing this wonderful game.  When people see us playing this game, they say it brings back wonderful memories.  That’s what Kizmic’s Journey will do–bring back all those beautiful childhood memories.

 

A Few Minutes On Writing — Self-doubt

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Below is another A Few Minutes On Writing.  This post talks about the self-doubt that most authors are afflicted with from time to time.  I’m sure almost every author has heard the story about Stephen King and how after writing Carrie, he threw it in the trash and his wife retrieved it.  Self-doubt causes more authors to throw their writing careers away than anything.