Farewell OlympusWriting Over, Designing Begins
I am tremendously excited to have finished my new novel, Farewell Olympus, which was an entirely new writing experience for me. Now it’s time to think about cover copy and book descriptions. I find it difficult to describe my own work, partly because I dislike blowing my own trumpet, partly because I can never decide what it is exactly. Farewell Olympus is no exception: I think it’s funny, but in a dry, seldom laugh-out-loud way. I also think it’s clever and entertaining, but then I would say that, wouldn’t I? It has elements of mystery and thriller, but it’s definitely not either of those. About all I can say with any confidence is that it’s fiction. Here’s what I have come up with so far.
Farewell OlympusDraft sentences for the front cover
In Paris, in summer, in love. The sweet life could never turn sour – or could it?
‘A wise and wonderful novel, especially the bits about me!’ M. T. Cicero, author of On Friendship
Farewell OlympusDraft book description
A long, hot summer in the capital of the world.
Life is sweet for Howard. He plans to make it sweeter.
When a patron of the arts named Serge loans him a luxurious penthouse apartment in central Paris, Howard can’t believe his luck. Now he can live cheaply while he translates articles for shortlived websites and doomed art journals nobody reads. And he’ll have more time to devote to his inscrutable French girlfriend, Delphine, a trainee lawyer.
Then, disaster strikes, in the shape of Eugene, Howard’s half-brother and personal nemesis, who sows chaos and discord wherever he goes. Abruptly, Howard’s uneventful life is plunged into mystery and farce. People are suddenly not what they seemed, and danger lurks in every restaurant. Serge himself is implicated in wrongdoing, while Giles, an Englishman abroad and seldom sober, knows more than he’s prepared to tell.
Can Howard and Eugene overcome their mutual antagonism long enough to survive? Should Howard forgive Eugene for being better looking? Will Eugene ever help him with the housework? Above all, will they ever agree about anything, particularly women?
Farewell Olympus is about love and rivalry, ambition and morality, Armageddon and the quest for the perfect croissant. Witty, intelligent and entertaining, it will make you feel you are too, even if you have no experience of volleyball.
I believe this is a reasonably accurate description for content and tone, and I hope it will whet people’s appetites. What do you think? Would you rush out and buy?
I’m looking forward to revealing the cover design, which once more will be in the expert hands of Dave Pettit, who produced the wonderful cover for Four American Tales (look right to the sidebar on this page), which really zings!