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A Curtain Calls Progress Report

First, a progress report on Curtain Calls, my soon-to-be self-published novel about Paris in the week just prior to the start of World War I. Here’s a look at the cover, which was designed by my friend and partner at Woodward Press, Dora Badger:

CurtainCalls_cover_2x3_72dpiSince I’m also a graphic designer by trade, the two of us were able to complete production on the book in about a month. As of this writing I’m awaiting a physical proof of the book, and the release is scheduled for early February.

Lest you think this project has been rushed through, let me add that the book took two years to write and another three to edit and revise. The production aspects have moved faster because, well, they’re production aspects, not writing. Dora and I have both been doing this for a long time, which takes a lot of the guesswork out of the process.

By the way, the Shameless Marketing Department at Woodward Press reminds me to say that this is what we do for our clients on a regular basis. If you’re seriously considering publishing your book yourself, we can help.

I haven’t forgotten the discount code; I’ll release that when the book comes out.


About Joe Ponepinto

Co-publisher, with Kelly Davio, of Tahoma Literary Review. Author of "Curtain Calls," a featured Kirkus Review. Married to Dona. Dad to Henry, the coffee-drinkin' dog.


14 thoughts on “A Curtain Calls Progress Report

  1. Marvelous cover, Joe! Makes me want to see what is behind that curtain. Can’t wait to read the novel.

    Posted by Diane DeCillis | January 22, 2015, 7:25 AM
  2. Marvelous cover, Joe! Invites me to see what’s behind that curtain. Can’t wait to read the novel!

    Posted by americanlizared | January 22, 2015, 7:25 AM
  3. I know you’re eager to get this out, but have you considered running a Kickstarter campaign to boost exposure before the release date? (They’re usually used to defray the costs of production, but they’ve become an important marketing tool for many self-published authors. The cool thing is that you can pre-sell dozens or maybe hundreds of copies of your book that way.)

    I found that rushing the pub date on my novel prevented me from building anticipation for it by means of advance promotion. Traditional publishers usually have 6-12 months in which to hype the author and novel before the general public gets their hands on it. This allows for ARC reviews, blurb collection, etc. (I know you’re aware of this; I just thought a reminder might encourage you to think about ways to boost the book’s chance of success. It’s hard to build up excitement about something that’s already been on the market for months….)

    Posted by akhoffman | January 22, 2015, 8:31 AM
    • You’re right, AK, but my window of opportunity is tied to the fact that the 100th anniversary of the war started last August. A 6-12 month wait would probably hurt sales more than help them. That being said, I’ve targeted several possible marketing avenues. It really just depends on how much I’m willing to spend.

      As the British writer Graeme Shimmin said, “There’s only one way to make a small fortune as a writer – start with a large fortune.”

      Posted by Joe Ponepinto | January 22, 2015, 10:22 AM
  4. Looking forward to reading behind the curtain.

    Posted by thumbingthrough | January 22, 2015, 10:26 AM
  5. Hi, Joe! I really think your cover hits right on the kind of thing you’ve lead us to expect with your preview from your last post–the vaudeville-like classic maroon curtain with gold braid (which in the war era was a holdover from the 1890’s that hadn’t yet passed), and yet the scantily-clad female in the center, who is in fact a bit more of the war years than the curtain surrounding her–a cover which really sets the scene. Good choice!

    Posted by shadowoperator | January 22, 2015, 10:43 AM
    • Thanks, Victoria. The photo of the woman in the center is actually from the scrapbook my father put together about my grandfather’s career.

      Posted by Joe Ponepinto | January 22, 2015, 10:51 AM
  6. Great news. I can’t wait to read it. Love the album cover.

    Posted by nadiaibrashi | January 22, 2015, 10:44 AM
    • Thanks, Nadia. The album, featuring tracks by Coldplay, Nickelback, and the 15th Fuselliers Brigade Men’s Glee Club, will be released later in the spring.

      Sorry, couldn’t resist the joke.

      Posted by Joe Ponepinto | January 22, 2015, 2:53 PM
  7. I love the cover. I’m sure it will attract a lot of attention.

    Posted by michellemorouse | January 22, 2015, 11:34 AM
  8. It looks great, dare I say profesh! The men on the field bring to mind the poem: Dolce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen — powerful. In light of The Face Maker, I’m looking forward to a novel length production of that voice. Personally, I’m intrigued by the Vaudeville angle (my granddad and Ray Bolger were partners). Should be good fun.

    Posted by bob hoffman | January 22, 2015, 3:41 PM
    • Thanks, Robert. This was actually written well before The Face Maker, and in the last couple of years I have written a novel-length story with the same title, expanding significantly on that aspect of WWI. That one is with an editor right now, and I have hope that I can hve it published traditionally—not giving up on that dream by any measure.

      Posted by Joe Ponepinto | January 22, 2015, 3:57 PM

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