My new book will be coming out soon — probably in the next week. I’m currently working on the cover, and would be interested in people’s feedback about it (especially from those of you who’ve beta-read the manuscript).
For those of you who don’t know the book (most of you) it’s structurally a cosy mystery, but stylistically a satire of technolibertarianism. I don’t know any genre it would fit in (Paul Magrs suggested “technocosy”, but there are no other such books), but a list of books that I think would appeal to the same people who might like this might be something like:
The Dirk Gently books by Douglas Adams
The Laundry books by Charles Stross (especially the first few)
The Mervyn Stone Mysteries by Nev Fountain
The Rivers books by Ben Aaronovitch
Most of Neal Stephenson’s stuff, especially the sillier, more satirical, stuff.
But with none of the supernatural or SF elements most of those books have. And less masculine — all of those have male protagonists, while mine has a woman (in a relationship with another woman).
When I started writing it I was aiming for somewhere close to The Name Of The Rose, but I missed and ended up with something far lighter and frothier, I think.
Anyway, does that cover suggest that kind of book? Any suggestions for improvements gratefully welcomed. (I’d also be interested to hear if that list of similar books lines up with what people who’ve read this in draft think).
Edit Within about thirty seconds of posting this, two people told me the title font isn’t great. I’ll be changing that to lower case, so it’ll look like the author name, though with the same colour it is now.