Wow, it seems like it’s taken me ages to get this far! But, I’ve settled on three key components for the upcoming release of my book!
Just a quick update: so far, I still have every intention of releasing the book on the 19th of March, BUT, it won’t be official until I list my Goodreads giveaway. If the date changes, I’ll know within the next couple weeks. Now, onto the big news!
First up, the title.
When I write, I usually don’t have a working title. I just call it by the main character’s name. This project was called “The Rylie Cates Story” for over two years! Then, as you may remember, I was calling it Unscripted in order to announce my intent to edit and publish it, but after some deep thought, some graphic design on the cover, and a little market research, I decided to call it: Quiet on the Set.
This primarily refers to my main character’s entrance into the film industry in LA, “quiet on the set” being an expression used to indicate that the camera is about to roll on a movie set. But it also refers to the process and evolution of the story – I feel that Rylie’s path from page one to the end is very solitary and very introspective at times.
Likewise, being on a movie set, in front of the camera, even though you’re surrounded by extras, other cast members, and the crew, is a rather individual and introspective journey. I think it fits. And I think it looks awesome scrawled on the cover.
Next, the cover.
I like designing my own covers, and I designed this one as well. In fact, I started working on the cover design before I committed to a title! It’s bright, warm, and I think it brings out that hopeful, dreamy naiveté that my character experiences when she first arrives in a new city to a new career. I know the “photo” covers with models or actors on the front are more common and popular for some of genres my books fall into, but I don’t feel like they fit my stories as well. I prefer something a little more abstract and a little more hand-crafted, I guess.
Just to give some more detail: I think Quiet on the Set falls into New Adult, Contemporary Fiction, Chick Lit, and perhaps (maybe ambitiously) a hint of Women’s Fiction.
And, I have the semi-official blurb!
I say semi-official just in case I want to tweak it at all in the coming weeks before the release. Still, WHOOT! PROGRESS!!
Quiet on the Set
A story of success, failure, and discovering what matters most.
When her screenplay gets accepted to a local LA film festival, 23-year-old Rylie Cates heads to Tinseltown, where she is thrust into the spotlight as her career takes off.
As she struggles to live up to her newfound success, Rylie meets the people who will become her friends, her guides to the city and the movie business, and ultimately, her “LA family.” Despite her best intentions, deciphering the politics surrounding her new career proves difficult, and she unwittingly makes a few enemies on her path to success.
Confronted by scheming studio executives, philandering movie stars, and the perpetual lure of the bottle, Rylie relies on her new friendships to help her navigate life, love, and business in Hollywood.
What do you think?
About the title, the cover, the blurb? I’m open for comments, suggestions, and constructive criticism! I want your feedback!
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Rinelle Grey says
Some big decisions! I find titles difficult too. My current novel was ‘Sci-Fi novel’ for a very long time! I think Quiet on the Set is a cool title, and I love your blurb!
Thanks for the feedback! I’m glad you like them!
My last book had a title I loved, but as soon as I got ready to publish it, I started doing some searches and there were probably a couple dozen other books with the same name or one similar! I didn’t want mine to get lost on the second or third page of Amazon searches, so I decided to go with something a little more distinctive, even if it was a lot longer!