1. Book Description
a. This is a novel, the title of which is: Take Me to the Willow
b. Author: Shelly Brimley
c. The book will be released in paperback and also electronically. The print cover will be 5 ½ x 8 ½ inches. The design needs to be suitable to be uploaded to Createspace for a print edition and also to be configured as a Kindle ebook. It needs to meet Createspace’s layout specifications. I need to have a .jpg file that is a minimum of 300dpi.
2. I will need the spine and back cover as well. The page count is ca. 294 pages on cream paper stock.
3. The book contains quite a bit of sadness, however I’d like the cover to reflect a time in the main character’s life when things were simpler and happy. I want people to close the book and feel hopeful. The story takes place in rural Arkansas (a southern state in the U.S.) in the early 1900s (1905 – 1909). The family lives on a large piece of farming property. They are sheep ranchers. The property is well taken care of but rustic. Some things I might like to see on the cover include the barn, a cedar log fence, and a creek off the side of the house. It should preferably be in springtime, and the focus of the cover should be a Willow tree with two little boys playing by or on the tree. One little boy is White and the other boy is Black. The clothes need to reflect the time period and the family’s occupation.
4. Back of the book -
In defending his life-long friendship with Charlie, Will may have inadvertently had a hand in the growing chaos that leads to the horrifying night when his familiar world is shattered?
When Will Wright, the eighteen year old son of a small-town Arkansas sheep herder in 1905, begins reading his mother’s journal, he is inspired by its startling content to start putting his own experiences to paper for posterity. An unsophisticated but principled young man, Will is becoming increasingly aware of the hatred that exists in the world. When he begins his own journal, Will can’t know what events are to take place in the next five years – from his mother’s battle with a life-threatening illness, to his embarrassments of learning how to be in love for the first time, to witnessing Charlie’s fate at the hands of the bigoted townspeople. While part of him wishes the pain in those pages didn’t exist, he knows that the original purpose for keeping the journal has been realized – to show his kin how he became the man he is. He will probably never go back through and read again the pages he’s written, but someday, someone will, and they will see that along with the hurt, Will’s life had been one that knew true joy, absolute love, and undying friendship.
b. Review quotes
Please use the following review quotes on the back cover:
" This beautifully written novel has you experiencing a gamut of emotion as you become more and more enthralled with every turn of a page. “Take me to the Willow” is sensitive and genuinely moving. You will not want to put it down."
- Eve Seaman
"I found your book to be quite difficult to put down. It was very tender and moving. I actually found myself tearing up a bit which hardly ever happens for me with a book."
- David Brown
c. Barcode: Leave a blank space (white horizontal rectangle) for a barcode: Bottom right corner of the back cover.
5. About the author
Shelly Brimley was born in Flagstaff, AZ, where she lived most of her life until moving to Mexico to study abroad. After graduation, Shelly did some volunteer work in Africa and completed her graduate degree while working in an adolescent drug treatment center. After acquiring her Master’s degree, She worked as a counselor at a residential shelter for children who had been smuggled and trafficked into the USA from different countries around the world. She also taught English to adult refugees before resigning to raise her children. Shelly wanted to use her vast experience working with others as a source of inspiration in her writing, offering a voice for those who are not typically heard or considered.
a. Please include the accompanying photo of the author: (relatively small).