“You can’t judge a book by its cover.”
We’ve heard this all of our lives; yet who among us hasn’t picked up a book, looked at the cover, and put it back down without a second glance, simply because the art on the cover didn’t appeal to us?
After much soul searching, I have made the painful and difficult decision to change the cover on “Rag Dolls: Callie’s Story”. I’m worried that the current cover might give potential readers the wrong idea about the book’s message; that the cover might make them think “Rag Dolls: Callie’s Story” is a horror story.
I wrote “Rag Dolls: Callie’s Story” hoping to bring attention to the plight of children in foster care. The book has a strong message which is intended to speak to the reader and hopefully bring attention and understanding to the situation that children in care endure every day.
While the plight of our children in Foster Care is definitely a horror, it is not a horror story in the sense that Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” or Frank Darabont’s “The Walking Dead” are horror stories. Child abuse is a real life horror story that can, and does, happen every day. I feel that the current cover not only gives the wrong idea about the book; it actually detracts from the solemn subject matter of the book. I believe that if you have read “Rag Dolls: Callie’s Story”, you will agree.
I’ve found an experienced designer who is excellent at what she does, and who, I believe, has been able to capture the essence of my books. She is designing a new cover for “Rag Dolls: Callie’s Story”,and the cover for my next book, “From the Ashes”. She is also creating new headers for my Facebookand Twitter pages, as well as redesigning my website, ShelleyDTerrell.com. I have complete confidence in her ability. I hope to be able to show you the new cover soon.
Meanwhile, just as she did in “Rag Dolls: Callie’s Story”, Callie has been keeping me awake at night. Hers is a story which demands to be written. “From the Ashes” is the second book in the “Rag Dolls” series, and I plan to release it by the end of the year. Please stay tuned. Please, follow me on Facebook and Twitter; and if you haven’t already, please don’t forget to sign up for email notification so I can keep you updated.