Helena Hann-Basquiat

How did you find the wonderful cover art you use for Memoirs and for Three Cigarettes? Are the covers by the same artist?

Sorry it took me so long to respond. The cover art was something that almost took me 3 months to settle on. Not that I settled -- I'm thrilled with what I got. But the process of trying to explain to an artist what you want and having them respond using their own imagination proved to be quite difficult. In the end I browsed through the artist's own collection of art for inspiration - so that I could say here that something like this! But even then, what she came up with wasn't quite what I wanted, and I slowly came to realize that what I was really in love with was the picture that I chose. Luckily for me Ros was willing to part with it so I could use it as my cover. The art for Three Cigarettes was actually done by a filmmaker friend of mine - and he whipped that up in one evening taking a picture of his wife's hand!
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Of course :) Congratulations, my dear. I'm so excited to read. But I should probably ask you a question, too, right? Um. If you rewrite a literary classic in your own way, no limitations, which one would it be?

writeonmorgan’s Profile PhotoHayley Morgan
A Lord of the Flies parody featuring a bunch of spoiled rotten girls from some prep school (think Paris Hilton types or Kardashians). Hilarity ensues. Absolutely no redemption. It's just purely a diatribe about how useless they are.

Hello, darling :)

writeonmorgan’s Profile PhotoHayley Morgan
Ah, where did you come from? I just saw that someone named Beth had just replied to a tweet promoting this ask session!
Hello, darling! Come to celebrate?

I know. Just responded *squeeeeeeeeeeeee!* Sorry. Not a question, I know. Just hugely excited :D And THANK YOU for the twitter competition :) Made my day to win that. (also not a question, damnit!) Whatever. Question... Would you rather become a published author or... oh, WAIT! ;)

Lizzi; Considerer
I'm sorry, ma'am--did you have a question!

I'm scared. I've never been on Ask.fm before, but I might start an account. I feel like I should be trolling you with abuse but I like you too much ;) Can you guess who I am?

Hi Beth

BOOM! Kickstarter project WIN! Just getting all the gorgeous emails RIGHTNOW - HOW PSYCHED ARE YOU?! :D

Lizzi; Considerer
Yikes! Sorry I missed your question! I'm a couple of greyhounds in the bag! Very excited - we have ordered the books and are sending out surveys right now!

What impact are good reviews likely to have on your chances of publishing with an indie house? Are there requirements you need to fulfil, or is it about presenting the most attractive prospect for them?

Lizzi; Considerer
I think that any hype that this book can get, any good press that it can get is the equivalent of a stellar resume for when I'm trying to court an agent or publisher. After all, I'm still writing.

And have you a plan hereon out - to make reviewers of your initial pledgers (where possible) and - proliferate hype and knowledge of the book, ready to take to publishers? Is this a standard Kickstarter technique or something you and Jim have come up with between you?

Lizzi; Considerer
Good question. In a couple of weeks, likely mid to end April, we will be sending a follow-up email to all backers letting them know that the book is up on Amazon, and asking them to place reviews on Amazon and Goodreads etc.

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