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Who are you?
We are WildBlue Press, an indie publisher of Thrillers, True Crime, Mysteries, Sci-Fi/Horror, History and Romance books.
What is your industry?
Publishing and Media
What do you need?
We need a book cover for a new humorous sci-fi novel called "The Ballad of Elva & Chester, or: Mostly Their Fault" by Adrian Archangelo
Synopsis of the book:
The novels two leading characters, Elva and Chester, are space aliens who appear to be human, and have been here on Earth since the year 1100 with the goal of helping humanity develop more empathy and compassion. (The rest of the beings in the galaxy don't want us flying around out there until we do, because none of the space races have the budget to follow humans around and clean up our messes.) But Elva and Chester find human behavior baffling, and continually see their plans twisted by human responses. Consequently, nearly everything wrong on this planet over the past thousand years was caused by one of their historic debacles. Their first attempt on Earth was to create a tower to preach at the stupid humans. Chester designed it, and today it is known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa!
The duo have no human habits to contend with, but they are extraordinarily responsive to chocolate and hold it in special regard (especially Elva, who falls into a gleeful trance of joy under its influence and can reveal dangerous secrets).
When the story opens, their bosses have shown up on Earth to express their outrage because the human race is so far behind the goal. The overlords' intend to deflect another of those big asteroids into Earth's path, just as they did to get rid of the pesky dinosaurs, and wipe out humanity once and for all. Elva and Chester demand an appeal, so their bosses snatch them for a forced ride through history and a parade of their mistakes.
With the best of intentions, they cause the spread of the Black Plague, the statues on Easter Island, both World Wars, the collapse of a nation, the stock market crash of 1929, the Great Depression, the American dust bowl, and much more.
Elva is the one who saves it, at the end, with Chester at her side, by employing her greatest weakness to defeat them. She tricks the bodiless overlords into jumping inside of her body all at the same moment, then fills her mouth with chocolate. An ode to chocolate follows.
The upshot: Bosses grudgingly agree any race that can create chocolate deserves another chance. They leave Elva and Chester behind here to finish out their tour, and the duo remains enthusiastically determined to help us until we can't see straight. They decide to try the Middle East next, just to see what they can get going over there.
Who Is Your Audience?
Science Fiction, Humor and General Fiction older teen to adult readers. This is a funny, whimsical book with some philosophical points.
Some similar books would be:
Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy by Doug Adams
Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins
The author is a New York Times bestseller; however, he is writing this under the pen name of Adrian Archangelo
We Like These Examples
Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy by Doug Adams
Starship Grifters by Robert Kroese
Young Miles by Lois McMaster Bujold
And Another Thing by Eoin Colfer
Use your imagination. You might consider working in elements of the story: The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Easter Island Statues, World War, Dinosaurs, Asteroids, Chocolate, etc. Maybe in the background with our two hapless heroes. Or come up with your own creative ideas.
We Absolutely Must Have
WildBlue Press logo on the spine and back cover. WildBluePress.com on back cover. Science Fiction on spine above logo.
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