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.

Why Write About The Other Woman?

“Is In The Mirror autobiographical?”

In The Mirror Front Cover Final May 4 300 DPI

This is the question that I hear most often from people who have read In The Mirror.  When I confess that the story is completely made up, most don’t believe me.  “It seems so real,” they say.  I take that as a compliment, because when I was writing In The Mirror, everything seemed real to me.

“Why did you write it?” is the next question.  And I say that In The Mirror came out of my desire to understand why and how a woman becomes “the other woman.”  What is it about married men that attracts her?  What does the other woman have to do in order to survive in that role?  What sustains the other woman in that role?  What role does the other woman play in an adulterous relationship?  What is the other woman’s thought process?  What power does the other woman have in an extramarital affair?  What impact does the other woman have on her married lover’s family, and indeed, on his own family?  How does the other woman see herself in this type of relationship?  How does the other woman not see herself?  Exactly who is the other woman?

In writing In The Mirror, I answered all of these questions and several more that I didn’t know needed to be addressed.  The answers are not easy, and I often found myself at odds with them.  But I learned a lot about the other woman.  And dare I say, I now understand her a lot better than I did before I wrote this book.

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.

A Special Gift From Claudia Moss

If you are a writer, one of the hardest things to do is feel confident about your work.  You are always doubting whether you are good enough.  If the story you want to tell is important enough.  Will readers get what you are trying to say?  Will you get what you are trying to say?  I go through this every other day, it seems.  And every time something happens to make me believe in myself.  Yesterday, something happened.  Or should I say, someone happened.

Writer and radio personality, Claudia Moss, asked me to answer a few questions for her blog about a month ago.  I was happy to do so, and felt honored that she would want to interview me.  Well, I was not expecting the glowing piece that she wrote about me.  She not only talked about my books, but she included a picture of herself taking my In The Mirror Challenge.  She photographed herself smiling with an electronic copy of In The Mirror.  Then she posted the questions I answered.  This is by far the best write-up I’ve ever had.  I feel like a New York Times Best Seller.  But to say that is to negate the respect women like Claudia have for my work.  With this beautifully written piece, Claudia made me understand that I am a Best Seller.  That my work is important.  That my readers get what I’m saying.  That I get what I’m saying.

Writers don’t get heartfelt, honest praise like this every day.  And so I want to take this opportunity to thank Claudia for this special gift, which has made me see beyond the Best Seller list and see me, a writer.

I Love You, Claudia.

Read my special gift from Claudia and subscribe to her blog. You will receive a gift just as special.

https://claudiamoss.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/appreciating-fellow-writer-odessa-rose/

Club 347

A few weeks ago, I contacted the owner of Club 347 and told him that his club was featured in In The Mirror.  He told me to bring 2 posters and a signed copy of the book and he would post them in 347.  We dropped the posters off last night, and he invited me to speak on Monday and Thursday night.  I also met a poet name Miss. Jones and she also invited me to speak at her events and she wants a copy of the book.  So, I want to thank Ronald, Miss. Jones, and the folks at 347 for all the support.

Ronald, owner of Coub 347, Located at 347 N. Calvert Street 443-506-7200

Ronald, owner of Coub 347, Located at 347 N. Calvert Street
443-506-7200

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Baltimore Book Festival

This weekend Baltimore held its annual Baltimore Book Festival.  From Friday, September 26th through Sunday, September 28th, readers and writers came together to share their love of books.  Since its inception, the festival has been held at Mount Vernon, but it was moved to the Inner Harbor because the Washington Monument is being restored.  The new location was okay, but it was a bit spread out.  I personally like the Mount Vernon location.  Other than that, I had a grand time.  I had Water In A Broken Glass and In The Mirror on the table.  Readers loved them both.  I met some new writers, and I hung out with my friends from the Black Writers Guild.  It was a great weekend.

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Black Writers Guild Memebers

Black Writers Guild Memebers

Black Writers Guild Members.

Black Writers Guild Members.

This wonderful author helped to write one of my favorite movies, the original Night of the Living Dead.

This wonderful author helped to write one of my favorite movies, the original Night of the Living Dead.

 

Odessa Rose Presents The Pitch

Fiction, Horror, and Romance Writers, I have created a site for you! It’s called Odessa Rose Presents The Pitch, and it’s designed to give you a platform to read and discuss your work. I love hearing authors read and talk about their stories. Booktrailers are good, but listening to authors explain how a story came about, how they developed a character, how the came up with a particular voice, read a scene from their books so readers get a true understanding of the themes, having writers tell who they are as writers, and why they write is just exciting and motivating.

So, Odessa Rose Presents The Pitch is a collection of authors reading and discussing their work and themselves. It’s easy to be included in this fine group of writers. All you have to do is send me an email and I’ll give you the submission guidelines.

I can’t wait to see your pitch!
As always, Happy Reading and Writing.

 

In The Mirror Challenge

A beautiful woman named Melissa Bigmomma Smith-Jenkins did the In The Mirror Challenge.  And she had a ball with it.

I don't usually do challenges but I accepted this one, Odessa Rose I hope I got this right...  This is a mirror challenge, what do you see when you look in the mirror? your true and inner self, not how others see you, but how you see yourself. I challenge you to take this challenge if you dare... Lol God Bless  — feeling blessed.

I don’t usually do challenges but I accepted this one, Odessa Rose I hope I got this right…
This is a mirror challenge, what do you see when you look in the mirror? your true and inner self, not how others see you, but how you see yourself. I challenge you to take this challenge if you dare… Lol God Bless
— feeling blessed.

In The Mirror Challenge

The very talented author, Dahni McPhail, took the In The Mirror Challenge.

Only for Odessa Rose. This is my "In The Mirror" Shot. What do I see? I see a woman who has turned her back on all things that are not good for her future and her peace.

Only for Odessa Rose. This is my “In The Mirror” Shot. What do I see? I see a woman who has turned her back on all things that are not good for her future and her peace.