Many of you know Sector C is making the rounds to some very positive industry feedback. I've dumped on you elsewhere about the sheer frustration of having agents apologize (yes, apologize!) for not picking it up even though they're certain it will sell.
I really think that it's the right genre and tone to do well as an ebook. The full is out now, being considered by a traditional publisher in the UK who used to be an imprint of one of the Big 6 and who is doing absolutely everything right to promote its speculative fiction line. I'd love for Sector C to be published by them, but their books have a little different flair to them than this book has. Even I question whether Sector C is the ideal match for them no matter how much I would love to work with these folk.
So I'm prepping Sector C to be ready to publish out as an ebook the moment I get their rejection.
Here's my first crack at cover copy and a cover image. What suggestions do you have? If you haven't read the query and synopsis yet, which I keep up (but won't be for long!) as examples of copy that has worked to get numerous requests for partials and fulls, please give me your cold reaction to the text below before reading them as they're quite spoilery from the first hook sentence. If you have read them, let me know if this copy hints enough at the spoilers (since they're the real hook) without giving it all away.
Please be as honest with me as I've been with you. (You can even be honest anonymously, if you like.)
You'll note I've used the same main graphic as for the Extinct anthology. Just changed up a bit. And the same tagline, just in a little different context. This is deliberate as I hope to use the novel to market the anthology should the novel gain more traction than the antho has. Feel free to weigh in on this marketing ploy as well. I'm also trying for a cover where the main image and title are clear at thumbnail size.
Thanks in advance for your crits!!!
Extinct Doesn't Mean Forever
A trending rise in stroke-like cases has CDC analyst Mike Shafer on alert. Afflicting every demographic in the Great Plains area – from young toddlers to healthy adults to the elderly – this new epidemic causes rapid deterioration. And death.
Veterinarian Donna Bailey is dealing with an outbreak of her own. It looks like mad cow disease. But across so many species? Impossible.
Whatever it is, it’s spreading. Fast.
As state and federal governments move to contain the growing threat, Mike and Donna’s paths collide in their search for Patient Zero.
All clues point to a mysterious compound where the answer lies buried in a secret 10,000 years old.
A secret that entrepreneur Walt Thurman will kill to protect.
A secret capable of decimating all animal life on earth.
And it may already be too late to stop it.
Because extinct doesn’t always mean forever.
Ripped from today’s research and tomorrow’s headlines, Sector C is a near-future medical thriller sure to please fans of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park and Daniel Kalla’s Cold Plague.