As described above, I have written a short novel about two best friends living in London. The book is called Beverly and I write under the name Fiona Pearse.
ABOUT THE BOOK: The main character, Beverly, has a stutter and lives a sort of agoraphobic life which is aided by her out-going best friend Ella, whom she relies on heavily.
The story starts with Beverly's long-term boyfriend, Roland, breaking up with her to date Ella. This devastates Beverly and the story is mainly about her learning to become independent.
But along the way, she gets her revenge on both Ella and Roland so one theme is friendship and betrayal. Another theme is Beverly's speech: She goes to speech therapy and the story contains details around speech therapy techniques, including voice drills and meditation.
A lot of the scenes take place in Beverly and Ella's apartment. They are both software developers and work from home, sharing a makeshift office. They have parties at home too so a party scene wouldn't be out of place.
Beverly works hard to keep her worst fears at bay. With an office at home, she neatly sidesteps the need to interact with co-workers. When she must venture outside, she wears earphones so no one will bother her. Social niceties are designated to her best friend and flatmate Ella.
She would be jealous of Ella's gregarious charm and high-life if she didn't have the security of her long-term boyfriend, Roland, who spared Beverly from the dating scene and gave her a future. Beverly won't speak for herself because she has a stutter. This is how she carefully arranges her life, until Roland breaks up with her... to date Ella.
If you would like to use figures/photos of people in your design, that's up to you but I would like the images to fit the character descriptions -
Beverly has short, light brown hair in a bob and sallow skin. Her features are neat and even. There's something tom-boyish or pixie-like about her. The actress Emma Watson reminds me of her.
Ella is the opposite in personality and looks. She is tall, blond and glamorous. She's a confident party-girl and is always smiling and enjoying life. Think Cameron Diaz.
I am attaching my last book's cover. It's called Orla's Code and is also set in London. Continuity is not that important to me but if you would like to take something from it then please do so. Perhaps the same font or a backdrop of London would be a nice link but it's entirely up to you.
I've also attached some covers that I really like: The Wife of Reilly, The Ugly Sister and a newspaper cut-out silhouette.
I like because it is obviously 'chick lit' but it looks modern and edgy, as if that character has attitude.
I love the Ugly Sister cover because the colours are so attractive.
IDEA FROM THIS COVER:
Something set in this sort of apartment - perhaps a party where Beverly is isolated while everyone else is having fun might work?
I like this one because it's so original - it makes me do a double-take.
IDEA FROM THIS COVER:
I like the idea of Beverly being a silhouette in her own life... Perhaps you would like to indicate her isolation or a problem with communication...
Thanks a lot for your time. Please get in touch if you have questions. I look forward to seeing your designs.
WHAT I DON'T WANT
I would like to avoid the chick-lit cliches and anything formulaic. For me this includes; anything pink, sparkles/stars, swirly writing, the silhouette of a handsome man etc. I feel the strength of this story is in its originality and I would like a cover to reflect this.