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New cover progress and ‘The Wishing Shelf Book Awards’ contest update on DART.

Hello again (or just, “Hello” if this is your first visit!),

The new cover for Dart is coming along with color being applied to an updated image. The addition of skin tones in particular is starting to bring the image to life and the introduction of pillars to either side framing the main image is a neat reference to the pillars which hold such significance in the story.

Here’s a snippet of the updated cover:

There are still quite a few changes to be applied to the image but I think it’s worth sharing this important step. Feel free to add your thoughts on how the cover is progressing in the comments below.

The Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2019 is a UK based competition which includes categories for all age groups. DART was entered in the Adult Fiction category, and earlier this week I received confirmation that it has been selected as a Finalist – along with a nice certificate:

This is a great outcome, meaning Dart has been selected as a finalist in both of the contests in which it has been entered so far. Dart also made semi-finals (one of the five selected from hundreds of entries in the SF/Fantasy/Horror category) of Publishers Weekly’s The BookLife Prize 2019. I’ll find out some time in April whether there will be a winner’s medal to accompany the certificate!

Finally – another Dart question with no prize other than the satisfaction of joining Lisa as a smarty-pants:

Can you name the 20th century Earth song and artist that Dart hears in the elevator during his first visit to the library? He refers to it as a “song about lakeside arson”. Leave your answer in the comments.

I’ll be back with more progress on the cover and other updates soon.

  1. tanushria
    03/03/2020 at 4:32 am

    The cover looks terrific! And adding those pillers was a great idea. Also a huge congratulations for The Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2019! ʘ‿ʘ I’m sure Dart will keep winning awards in the future too.
    As for the question: only one song came to my mind when I read it: Lake of Fire. (I’m nowhere near as smart as Lisa!)
    Waiting for the final look of the cover.
    -Tanushri

    • 03/03/2020 at 3:36 pm

      Hi Tanushria – and thanks again for the feedback on the cover – the pillars work nicely and I have to credit the artist for suggesting them; as soon as I have the final version (I’m busting to see it!) I will post on here along with a link to his (the artist’s) website where lots of his other great covers and comic strips etc. are on display. He’s a very talented guy and I feel very fortunate that he agreed to do this cover.
      The Wishing Shelf Book Awards might help me generate some interest in “Dart” in the UK so I definitely have my fingers crossed for a good result. Thanks for your congrats and I hope you’re right on the future!
      The song Dart hears in the elevator is not by Nirvana (good answer, though!) – it’s by Deep Purple…
      I appreciate all your feedback – and I think you have an excellent chance of winning a paperback copy of the new edition when it comes out! 😉

      – Dale

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