A Silence Kept is being re-released March 1. This is one of the stories I got the rights back to a few weeks ago. At that time, that publisher was slapping the same cover on all stories of a certain length, and I really hated it. I hated all my covers there.
First, it made my ebook look like everyone else’s. Second, it didn’t fit what was going on in the story. Two naked men embracing on the cover may catch a buyer’s eye, but it doesn’t tell you what the book’s about.
Covers have a huge influence on whether or not a reader will buy it, and how can anyone know if they want to give it a try if it’s assembly line and doesn’t work with the story?
I decided to expand the story. I’d long been wanting to do that. It needed more depth, and as I re-read it, I saw a few things that needed revision. In other words, it’s now a much better tale.
The setup: Mikal rents a place north of Manhattan after a bad break-up with his boyfriend/work partner. The realtor reluctantly warns him the place is haunted. Mikal blows it off; he doesn’t believe in ghosts.
After a bad first night, Mikal is sitting on the porch when the handyman shows up to mow the lawn. After packing up to leave, Emmet says:
“He likes you. The ghost. He’s not likely to leave you be.”
I frowned at him. “And you know this how?”
“He’s standing right behind you, smiling.”
I get a chill every time I read that, but then, I’m a sucker for ghost stories. 🙂