The blog of author Harper Alexander


The Accidental Cover Change

While I was ‘supposed’ to be making pre-made book covers for my book cover design job, I accidentally came up with one that fits my upcoming YA novel The Tournament of Eden perfectly. This wouldn’t be as big of an issue if I didn’t already HAVE the cover for The Tournament of Eden.

Now I’m torn.

But I do like coming out with ‘special editions’ of my books (it’s a great way to offer double the promotions, and is just a lot of fun putting in the fun little extras that special editions might have), so maybe I’ll use it for that.

Here it is!

Tournament of Eden new cover

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Writers, Readers, Riders

Writers are also readers. Which means, I read a lot of books probably just like the ones that my readers read. One of the books I just finished was Kristen Britain’s Blackveil, the fourth book in her Green Rider series. This has been a particularly favorite series of mine because, not only am I a reader as well as a writer, but I’m also a ‘rider‘ myself (that is, a rider of horses).

I’ve been with this series since the beginning, and while apparently (from looking at the release dates of the previous books in the series) there has regularly been 4-5 years between books, I somehow managed to sort of skip over the wait (or felt like I did) up until now. I knew there was a fairly big span of time between releases, but I never knew it was THAT big. That means I’ve been following the series for over a decade, and suddenly I just can’t believe that I have to wait THREE MORE YEARS before I can read the next sequel! (Why did I never find this so distressing before?! What did I do to distract myself and shrug it off all those other times?)

Perhaps it’s because this latest had more of a cliff-hanger ending than the others, but I think it was actually just a very good installment, which really makes me want to keep reading.

Sigh. Time to bury my nose in my own manuscripts for awhile and see how many I can get done in the time it takes the regular publishing industry to churn out something that (in my eager and unsympathetic opinion) should be more-or-less habit by now.

Anyway, it’s a good series! And if you’re not a horse-lover like the rest of us crazy horse-lovers that love the series, don’t worry – it’s much more epic fantasy than it is hardcore-horsey stuff. I just appreciate that it has that aspect, and that the author is actually an educated horsewoman, which translates into her work and makes the horse-and-rider aspect really authentic.

What are all the other authors out there reading right now?

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A Sudden Demand for Sequels

I had this nice plan to get a couple sequels written this summer – the only question was which series to choose. I have a few that desperately need to be finished now that they’re started. Fortunately, I’ve had a couple fans stop by my blog and facebook page to inquire after certain sequels, so I thought – perfect! I’ll write these, since they’re ‘in demand’.

UNfortunately, I then proceeded to receive more visits by more fans inquiring about OTHER sequels. And since then, I’ve had inquiries about sequels to pretty much every book that needs one right now.  AAAAHHH! This is fantastic, of course, because it means people want to keep reading my work after they start! However, it kind of leaves me scrambling, wanting to get them all wrapped up at once. I mean, what if I choose one over another to work on first (and books tend to take awhile to write), and the fans waiting on the others lose patience and lose interest?

I don’t want to lose any fans!

For the future, of course, this teaches me to only work on one series at a time. Which seems like logic I might have observed from the beginning, but I honestly just didn’t expect there would be much of a demand.

So I’m just going to work as hard as I can this summer, and focus only on sequels (sorry other exciting ideas that keep coming to me – you’ll just have to wait your turn).

However, on top of all that, I’ve suddenly landed a full-time book-cover-design job, which I love, so now I have way less time to write than I did before. And on top of THAT, I’m in the middle of moving and training for a 5k mud run.

I think I’m officially crazy. And if I’m not, at this rate I will be very soon. (So all of my readers should be warned – the sequels that I write this summer may end up being pretty wacky!)