Author: Jagjiwan Sohal
Genre: Middle-Grade/Young Adult Comedy Horror
Length: 170 pages
Release Date: March 2014
Imprint: Mythos Press
Summary: When Anna Lopez’s zombie attack video goes viral, no one could believe that the high school cheerleader had taken a bite out of the undead monster – and liked it! Now nothing will ever be the same for supernatural beings…because humans have discovered they taste freakin’ DELICIOUS!
And when a zombie boy gets in the crosshairs of a gang of hungry-human hunters, Julie, a young vampire loner, jumps in for the rescue. But now Julie’s got more than she bargained because taking care of a rambunctious undead creature who only knows one word (“brains”) is NOT easy. And when Julie and her zombie pal stumble upon on a crazed soccer mom, they find themselves on the run from a trigger-happy family who want nothing more than to grill them up for a neighborhood barbecue bash!
Why Book Covers Are So Important
By Author Jagjiwan Sohal
I’m sure most prospective authors have an idea of what they want their cover to look like. I’m sure they, like me, daydreamed a little about seeing the cover on a bookstore shelf or shopping website when it was published. But I have to admit that when I decided to work with GMTA Publishing, I was a tad skeptical about what they would do for my cover. The sad truth is that smaller publishers don’t have the same resources as a major publisher when it comes to art so I was worried that my cover would end up looking amateurish and embarrassing.
I am SO glad I was wrong.
I LOVE the cover to Smorgasbord. As a horror/comedy about a teen vampire and a little zombie boy, the novel lends itself to silliness and I wanted a silly cover to match. As a result, I sent my suggestions to Amber Rendon, who handles the art duties at GMTA. I wasn’t really sure what to expect and my natural pessimism wasn’t expecting much. But when I opened the email that had Amber’s first attempt at the cover, I almost gasped with how much I liked it. I think I might have said, “Wow!” out loud! The cover wasn’t exactly what I had envisioned but it was silly and cartooney and that’s what I wanted. In fact, I liked the cover so much that I asked if it would also act as the inside cover of the book!
I was also pleased that Amber was very willing to do a few tweaks on the art to jazz it up and the whole process went smoothly. And when Smorgasbord was released, many people complimented the cover, which made me feel even prouder of the book. To me, the cover was a perfect fit with the goofiness of the story and even as I type this, I have a paperback copy of the novel on my desk. I can’t help but smile at it!
A book cover may not be important to every author or reader. But Smorgasbord’s cover is very significant to me. I was a big-time reader growing up and covers of children’s picture books, chapter books, comic books or MG/YA books always captured my interest when I was at a library or bookstore. And now my book’s cover might grab a young reader the same way, which is very cool. Hopefully, if those readers end up purchasing Smorgasbord, they’ll discover that behind that awesome cover is a pretty awesome story, too!