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The Masquerade Crew: Vote best cover: Girl with a gun. @RChazzChute VS himself

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Robert Chazz Chute‘s insight:

After promoting books everywhere you can think to do so, it’s especially fun for an author when something nice comes along that you didn’t expect. Book promotion can be a cheerful exercise or it can be a frustrating chore, depending on what you’re doing. Not to get all unicorns and bubble, bubble, toil and trouble on you, but when help arises organically, it feels kind of magical and makes my heart grow three sizes. 


The first time it happened, I stumbled across a conversation about one of my books through Google Alerts. Two readers I didn’t know were talking about a book of mine in a favorable way. When that happens, it’s almost like I don’t need cocaine. It’s such a happy thing, the world has a caramel coating and the spinal columns of my enemies hang decoratively from sentient trees singing Bohemian Rhapsody.

Then yesterday I noticed my Twitter stream blew up with Cover Wars from over at the Masquerade Crew. A couple of my covers from the Hit Man Series were doing battle to the death in a poll over which was the better cover. Cue the Kirk versus Spock combat music and click the link below to cast your vote.


Both were created by Kit Foster of KitFosterDesign.com, so no matter which one comes out on top in the poll, he wins. The Hit Man covers are an ode to James Bond paperbacks from the ’80s and I love them both. (A later version of Bigger Than Jesus added the tagline: "Thou shalt not steal" and I got a nice cover blurb from Claude Bouchard, author of Vigilante.) 


Many thanks to the Masquerade Crew for this pleasant surprise and promotional bump. I love it when things like this come out of the blue…and when singing, sentient trees rip out the spinal columns of my many enemies. I’m so happy, the pine tree by front step just burst forth with a medley of Queen’s songs from Highlander. It’s an awesome feeling. Later I’ll go shovel what’s left of my rude mail carrier into a mailbox.


Follow the Masquerade Crew, go to KitFosterDesign.com and have a happy and surreal day!


~ Chazz



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4 Responses

  1. Phil Taylor says:

    That is a GREAT cover. It caught my eye immediately.

  2. What do you have to do to get a cover competition going among graphic artists for your book? Do you do any other tricks?

    • Chazz says:

      There are several ways you can do this. You could contact your nearest art and design college, I suppose, or just announce a contest on your Facebook page and blog and hope the word spreads. 99Designs does this in a much more organized way (http://99designs.ca/how-it-works) and is probably the best way to go if you’ve made up your mind on holding a contest.

      I always recommend authors work with Kit Foster of KitFosterDesign.com. His rates are extremely reasonable, posted on his site and you’ll get guaranteed satisfaction from a pro who isn’t happy until you’re happy. It’s never hit and miss with Kit. He works with trad and indie publishers and his covers look like they could be from Random House.

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