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

Book Club Extravaganza

I am excited to be one of the featured authors at the Liberty Lite Readers Book Club Extravaganza, which will be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at the Liberty Senior Center.  Thank you Liberty Lite Readers Book Club for this wonderful honor.  I’m looking forward to it.

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.

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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This Is Baltimore, Too Literary and Literacy Exchange

This past August, I had the opportunity to participate in a wonderful literary event entitled The Literary and Literacy Exchange Event.  It was organized by Brian Neal of the Maryland Department of Human Resources.  The purpose of the event is to promote literacy and provide local authors with a platform to promote their work and greet and meet readers.  I want to thank Brian Neal for the fantastic job he did organizing the event and thank everyone who supported it.

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.

 

Karen Collins’ Miniatures

While writing In The Mirror, I searched for African Americans who collected miniature dollhouses and I stumbled upon Karen Collins.  What a pleasure it was to find her work.  The stories she tells with her shadow boxes are astonishing.  I especially love the story she tells about Zora Neale Hurston.

When I found Ms. Collins’ work, I knew I had to include it in In The Mirror and fictionally bring her exhibit to Baltimore for Jasmine to see.  It works extremely well in the novel.

If you haven’t seen Ms. Collins’ work, please check her out.  You will be amazed.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/lacountylibrary/sets/72157629412042457/detail/?page=3

Sistahs on Lit

Tonight’s the night.  I will be chatting with Sistahs on Lit about In The Mirror.  We will discuss the other woman, marriage, infidelity, love, romance, friendship, family, all the things that at the heart of In The Mirror.  This promises to be a very interesting, entertaining, and informative discussion.  I hope you will drop by and join in on the discussion, as I’m sure your comments will give us more insight into the other woman.  I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Click on the link below for more information.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/sistahs-on-lit