Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Darkest Night: Coming in paperback

One of the unique thrills of being an author is seeing the cover of your next book for the first time. I got that thrill this weekend. "The Darkest Night" is the St. Martin's paperback version of "FALL: The Rape and Murder of Innocence in a Small Town," my true-crime/memoir published earlier this year.

It will be released in March 2008, although pre-orders are being taken now at all online booksellers (hint, hint.)


SingingSkies said...

How cool! Why the different title, though? Anyway - sounds like great news, Ron!

Ron Franscell said...

The different title was pure marketing (with which I disagreed in vain.) St. Martin's wanted the book to appeal to both the traditional true-crime reader (who expects a tad more sensational material) as well as the more literary book fan. FALL -- they said -- was too obscure as a title and wouldn't attract the established true-crime audience.

To their credit, they truly sought to "split the difference" with "The Darkest Night." They could have gone hog-wild with a blood-splattered cover and a screamer headline like "Sliced and Diced," with a sunburst advretising "8 pages of shocking photos!" ... but they didn't.