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Fantasy novels, their artwork and synopsis

Posted: Mon May 28, 2007 7:48 pm
by MarkJH
Hi everyone,

I’m very happy to say that I’ve just had my debut novel published and would love to swap thoughts and opinions on what makes a compelling read. With this in mind, what do you think attracts a potential reader? Would it be the front cover like mine below or is it more likely to be on the strength of the synopsis? Just how important is the cover art and what really determines our decision to invest the time to actually sit down and read a book? As a new author, I feel these questions are very important, so any insights you can give will be greatly appreciated.


Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2007 12:46 pm
by mamuta
Hi, and congratulations! I'm a fan of fantasy and science - fiction novels. I prefer very simple covers: not so many colours, not so many symbols. Synopsis is important, I like to know something about author. In my opinion, you should decide first who is your TARGET: your potential reader and consequently choose the proper cover and additional information.
Best wishes :)


Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2007 4:17 pm
by MarkJH

Thanks for replying. I agree that the synopsis is the most important thing. The cover can encourage someone to pick up a book for a closer look, but it's really the synopsis that counts. If you get a chance I'd be very interested to hear your thoughts on my synopsis (you can find it on Amazon).

Thanks again!

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 11:32 am
by mamuta
Firstly, as an author forgive me please telling anything without reading your novel. I've only read your book description and I'll try to express my impressions:
- I classyfied your book as a novel directed to young people (are they your planned TARGET?);
- your description is so accurate, that I started to consider is it worth reading: no questions to think, too many answers;
- you should mention something about the main mystic (?) creature - the White Wolf -to make him more mysterious.
I hope I've described all properly - I'm not a native speaker.
Best wishes :)

Thank you

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 5:33 pm
by MarkJH
Thanks for taking the time to read it and give me your impressions. I appreciate it. It's difficult to capture the style and tone of a book in a short synopsis, but hopefully when people actually read it they will feel the story is worthwhile.

Thanks again :)

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 1:40 pm
by MarkJH

I've posted an extract from my book at this link: ... ywork.html

I would be very happy to hear your opinions on it.

Thanks :)

Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 7:41 am
by MarkJH
Just to let anyone know who may be interested that I've added another excerpt from my book The Magic Lands at this link: ... ywork.html

As always, feedback would be very much appreciated.

Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 7:45 am
by Dixie
Hi Mark, I'd love to read your book. Maybe I'll buy at Amazon.

Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 6:19 pm
by illusion
congratulations :)) I so envy people who can write or do anything else which takes talent. I've always wanted to do something creative when I was a little girl I would try to draw, sing, paint and write but I felt the things I created were so amateur that I gave up and focused on admiring other talented people's work...

Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 8:44 pm
by MarkJH
Dixie wrote:Hi Mark, I'd love to read your book. Maybe I'll buy at Amazon.
That would be great Dixie :) Let me know if you get it as I would be very interested to hear your opinions on the story. And please feel free to ask questions if any come to mind.