#102 Choosing book covers for a series

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One of the most important aspects of marketing a book is the cover but before the cover is designed, the blurb must be written.

Writing a couple of hundred words for a blurb is a completely different skill than those required for writing an 80,000 word novel so it’s no surprise that so many independent authors struggle with the task.

This was my attempt for Living with the Headless Mule:

A car crash and an encounter with a priest turns Teresa’s reunion with her daughter into a life changing struggle.

Teresa is a drink dependent, middle aged Brazilian who just wants to be reunited with her daughter but her ex-husband’s accidental death leads to a fight for custody of their child.

Bob is a pastor with secrets. He makes Teresa an offer which seems too good to refuse until the truth about him is revealed. Teresa must choose between her daughter, the pastor, or her life.

Book two in the Teresa Da Silva series,  Living with the Headless Mule is an occassionally spicy psychological suspense novel which can be read before or after M J Dees’ debut novel, Living with Saci, for which this is a prequel/sequel.

The next step is for my cover designer, Jackie from Salt & Unicorns to create cover illustrations based on aspects of the story.

Here are the three concepts which I shared with the members of my email list to choose their favourite.


The London Eye option was the most popular but there still remains the issue of the font which will need to work with both of the current books in the series.

If you would like to help me choose the font you can do so by completing this short form.


About M J Dees

M J Dees lives and works in Sao Paulo, Brazil with his wife, daughter and two cats. He has written three novels, Living with Saci, The Astonishing Anniversaries of James and David, Part One, and When The Well Runs Dry. He is currently editing the fourth and writing the fifth. You can sign up for more information on his book launches at http://eepurl.com/cTnAD5 and receive a free copy of Living With Saci.
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