One of the great things about publishing books is finding great new talent and in Socrates Adams, I’m convinced we’ve found it. We are publishing A MODERN FAMILY by Socrates in July. His novel looks at how a celebrity TV pundit from a number one ranking show about cars, speed and swarfega, deals with fame and how he lives his life according to the rules of celebrity, or what he deems those rule are whilst his family disintegrates around him. It is very funny, acerbic, poignant and illustrative of what is happening in our celebrity fuelled society. Socrates has also written, along with fellow authors, Joe Stretch and Chris Killen, a film called WIZARD’S WAY, which has just won The LOCO’s, THE LONDON COMEDY AWARD, for best new film. Socrates also stars in it too. They had the premier at the end of January at The BFI in London. It goes on general release in APRIL.
And so, back to A MODERN FAMILY. A very important aspect of publishing any book is getting the jacket cover spot on. The jacket has to ask a dramatic question and convey to the reader what the book is about. THE BOOKSELLER’S ASSOCIATION did a survey a few years back which stated that a book cover has a fifth of a second, 0.2 of a second, to catch the eye of the casual book browser. So, it has to do its job in such a short space of time and stand out amongst all the other hundreds of books on display, it has to be striking. We spend a lot of time with our designers, authors and editors getting what we think are the best possible jacket treatments for our books and we hope we’ve done it again with A MODERN FAMILY. We also like to think our books pass the ‘Strokeability test.’ Our books are never shiny, always matt, and feel good to hold. A book is for life, not just for a Kindle. Once the browser has one of our books in their hands and strokes it, we hope they’ll read the blurb on the back, then turn to page one and……BUY IT.
Socrates is making a film for the launch, which you’ll be able to see nearer publication. It will be funny because Socrates has been called, ‘ A 21st Century Alan Partridge but with a beard.’ And well, he is just a funny man. With a beard.
The designer of the jacket, Stuart Brill, used to design for PENGUIN and so he has a legacy of brilliant designs behind him and here for A MODERN FAMILY, he’s come up trumps again with a jacket that I hope you will like.
And you can see the jacket here:
A MODERN FAMILY by Socrates Adams published by Bluemoose Books on July 25 th 2013.