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Friday, February 10, 2006

My First Negative Review


One of the web designers I approached to, you know, design a website for me that would promote HELL'S BELLES wound up passing because the designer was uncomfortable with the devilishly playful look I'm hoping to get. The cover art I had suggested to my editor -- a bra or G-string dangling from the tines of a devil's pitchfork -- I had also passed along to this designer...and the designer replied that a G-string wouldn't look good in the designer's portfolio.


(The designer also said it was no reflection about the quality of my book, and that my book sounded kinda cool. Okay. So it's the sort of book you'd read, but not the sort you'd want to promote. Guess I'm relagated to a guilty pleasure...)

Anyway, based on how depressed I was after I read the designer's message, I should probably decide right now that I will never, never, never read any reviews of my book.


At 4:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry, Jackie ;o).
The way the designer reacted it says something about his attitude to life, not something about your book. He certainly sounded too constipated, you would not like one like that to design your site. I'm sure you'll soon find one with whom you click.

Best Wishes,

At 5:56 PM, Anonymous jamie ford said...

I have to ask.

Was the designer a man or a woman? I'm a designer and I think that's a great cover concept. But of course, I'm a guy...

At 6:56 PM, Blogger Heather Brewer said...

Some people are too stuffy for their own good, Jax. Pay that designer no mind.

Now...bring on the devilishly (heh) sexy underwear!

At 10:28 PM, Blogger Jackie said...

Thanks, guys. I'm feeling better about the whole thing...especially now that I've already got a quote from another designer, with a third one getting back to me tomorrow. Huzzah!

And Jamie...the designer in question is female. :) And I'm so glad you like the cover concept! Of course, I'm waiting to see what the art department has to say...

At 6:19 PM, Blogger Faith said...

Reviews of your book will be like those rejections that you used to get. Ignore them and keep writing.

At 10:43 PM, Blogger Jackie said...

Oh, I'm still writing, Faith. Just inched past 31,000 words. It's slow-going...but it's going. :)

And...I have four more estimates from web designers. Huzzah!


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