I just typed “The End” on the first draft of C. Hoyt Caldwell’s next book, The Closeout Kings! And, it is such relief! This one has been hard because of the subject matter. Trying to make a story about human trafficking enjoyable is as hard as it sounds. Is it any good? No. Not at this stage. This is the first draft. First drafts are normally dreadful. I have some rewriting to do, but the story officially has a beginning, middle, and END!
You’ll notice two things about this post. One, I called the book The Little Deputy and the Closeout Kings in a previous post. The little deputy has been pulled from the title. Not because she’s less important than the closeout kings, but because graphically I couldn’t pull off the long title when it came to designing a cover. Plus, The Little Deputy and the Closeout Kings sounds a little like a children’s book. It just doesn’t fit the genre.
The other thing that you’ll notice is that I’m talking about C. Hoyt Caldwell on my R.W. Ridley blog when in the past I said I wouldn’t unless something big happened. Well, completing a first draft is big so there. Stop judging me. There’s a possibility that I may rescind that rule anyway. I haven’t made a final decision yet, but I am leaning that way.
Now for the fun part. I created a couple of cover options for this book, and posted them on Facebook. I was stunned and pleased by the great response I got from my Facebook Friends. They gave me some really good feedback and based on that I’m down to two possibilities. Take a look and let me know which one you like better. I’ve made them about the size they’d be on an online retailer’s website because that’s where about 99% of my sales come from.