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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Scavenger cover reveal, plus I need input on my blurb

My brother-in-law Andrés Alonso-Herrero has come up with another fine cover for me. This is for a 10,000-word novelette called The Scavenger. It's going up soon as a promo for my Toxic World series and is set close to the action in Radio Hope. Here's a draft of the blurb below. I'd love your input!

In a world shattered by war, pollution, and disease, a lone scavenger discovers a priceless relic from the Old Times.
The problem is, it's stuck in the middle of a contaminated city inhabited by insane chem addicts and vengeful villagers. Only his wits, his gun, and an unlikely ally can get him out alive.


  1. Great cover, Sean!
    The only think I would change would be to name the lone scavenger.

  2. The only comment I have is if the guy makes his living as a scavenger in this world, doesn't he already have to deal with problems like that all the time anyway? I'd try and differentiate a little more about what makes this particular problem more challenging.

    Lucky to have such a handy brother-in-law!

  3. I'd rearrange the sentence that starts, The problem is. . .
    'Hiding in a contaminated city full of spiteful villagers and chem addicts, the scavenger (does he have a name or just this moniker?) must use his wits, his gun and an unlikely ally to retrieve the treasure.'
    Just my suggestion, Sean. Good luck and I like the book cover image. Kudos to the BIL.

  4. I dig the cover, but I *really* cringe at the use of "novelette". Just say "Story". I think most readers don't really break book lengths down beyond "Novel" and "Short Story", and if you think this is too short for the one but too long for the other, just call it a "Story". I don't think 99% of the readers out there have even seen or understand what a "novelette" is, and it might just confuse the issue.


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