When we produce advance reading copies for bookstore or department store book buyers and professional reviewers, we sometimes break the conventional cover rules so that our book has a chance to stand out from the competition and be the one to be read first.
Here are four pacey novels with very intriguing advance reading copy editions:
1. Girl Before – available from 31 January
Another almost–blank /title-less/author-less cover, this time in a striking red. If you look closely the title is subtly debossed.
This one I read in one sitting, it’s a hyper—speed page turner that does not disappoint.
2. Spook Street – available from 14 February
This is the fourth title in the Jackson Lamb series from Mick Herron.
This proof is all about keeping it simple and letting the reviewer know exactly what they are getting. ‘THE FINEST NEW CRIME SERIES THIS MILLENNIUM’ says the Mail on Sunday.
Job done – and if that doesn't sway the reviewer or bookseller to pick this one up there is a rather lengthy list of accolades and reviews on the back cover.
3. Ragdoll - available from 28 February
This advance reading copy edition is all about intrigue – are you intrigued? I was and then read this in about three sittings.
4. He Said / She Said – available from 28 February
Oh so dark and shiny - who could resist picking this one up? The plot device here is quite a dark one and Erin masterfully deals with it in this clever page turner.
I love to read a wide range of books which helps as I work in the marketing department at Hachette Australia and work with a wide range of books each week. My favourite book escape is to curl up with a new Cathy Kelly. I feel like I am being transported back home through the pages. [yep I’m from Ireland originally].