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Book Info

Author's Name

Elayne Zalis

Synopsis

On Dec. 1, 1999, Arella, a slim, graceful woman in her mid-40s, sits at a computer in her living room typing an entry in her blog. The Hollywood Hills are in the background. She describes a dream she had the night before in which she encounters six otherworldly dancers who represent her as she was at different times in her life, from childhood to middle age. On separate stages in a magical dream theatre, each dancer performs while reciting diary and journal entries that Arella once wrote. Each dancer wears a color-coded costume: rose for the 10-year old Beatles fan, blue for the countercultural teenager, plum for the 20-something Arella, silver for Arella in her 30s, and black for Arella in her early 40s. The dancer who represents Arella as she is at the time, in her mid-40s, wears an iridescent gold dress. This prelude sets the stage for the narrative that follows. Each chapter appears as an entry in Arellas blog, called *Arellas Repertoire.* The ocean and water are recurring motifs. The aesthetic is fluid. The story flows like the waves, yet media and pop culture, especially of the mid- and late 1960s, play a role too. The imaginary and the real flow into one another, a dance between realms. Arella revisits the past while she prepares to face the future on the cusp of 2000. The entire prelude can be read online at scr.bi/n00ccv.

Size Info

Trim size: 6" x 9",
Page count: 280,
Interior type: Black and White,
Page color: Cream,
Spine width: 0.7"

Target Audience

Who are your readers?

Baby boomers, particularly women, and anyone else interested in personal and cultural memories of life in the United States during the second half of the twentieth century from a woman's perspective, including readers who appreciate fantasy and imagination, as well as the arts, dance, and performance. Since most of the story takes place in South Florida (South Beach, Miami, and Coconut Grove), with additional scenes in Los Angeles, people interested in those cities might also be drawn to the novel.

What 3 things would you like to communicate to your readers with this design?

1. Arella, an artistic, visionary writer who's 46 when the novel begins in Dec. 1999, celebrates her life and feels empowered by the real-and-imagined journey she has been on during the second half of the twentieth century.
2. Through postmodern dance and performance, she re-lives and recreates memorable episodes in her life. 3. She feels ready to face the future as 2000 approaches.

Style and Content

What colors do you want to see in your design?

The color palette would include rose, blue, plum, silver, black, and gold (the colors of the dancers' costumes) plus white. It's not necessary to include all the colors, however. An attractive design might include only black, gold, and white. Black and gold represent the costumes of the two main characters -- Arella in her early and mid-forties, respectively. Although white doesn't represent a costume, it could be used to offset the other colors. If rose, blue, plum, and silver are used, they should all be used together.

What colors do you NOT want to see in your design?

Omit colors not in the palette described above, although variations of those colors would be okay.

Describe the style(s) you like (traditional, modern, etc.)

Contemporary, innovative, fluid, maybe abstract

What content must be included in your design?

On front cover: Arella's Repertoire, A Novel, Elayne Zalis, and on spine without "a novel." I envision an abstract, celebratory image of Arella on the front cover, either alone or with abstractions of the six dancers. She could be in silhouette or illustrated. She might be wearing her gold dancing dress. She looks like a dancer herself and perhaps appears on a stage. The title and author should appear on the back cover, with the following text, right justified and in two paragraphs. *Arellas Repertoire, in first paragraph, should be italicized: [FIRST PARAGRAPH] The novel begins as Arella prepares for 2000 and the fresh start it represents. More at home in cyberspace than anywhere she has actually lived, she reinvents herself and her life story for readers of a multimedia web diary she calls Arellas Repertoire, a blend of memoir, travelogue, and blog. Like her Russian forebears, who immigrated to the United States at the turn of the previous century, she imagines belonging somewhere. Motivated as much by a childs longing for fantasy as by a womans desire for truth, she highlights scenes from Miami, where she came of age in the 1960s, and Los Angeles, where she settled in the 1990s after many stops along the way. Characters who star in this virtual drama recapture worlds Arella has known and weave together the memories, dreams, and imaginings that have contributed to her development as a woman and a writer in postmodern America.

[NEW PARAGRAPH] Framed as an online text that Arella posts incrementally throughout the month of December 1999, the story taps into many sources, including private and public archives across a range of media, including the Internet. To complement the personal memories documented in letters, diaries, journals, autograph books, yearbooks, and home movies, Arella designs a tour of the web that highlights the public, social dimensions of her life story. Reminded where she has been and inspired to keep going, she envisions a role for herself in the twenty-first century that builds on her experiments with old and new media. At the same time, she leaves her mark in cyberspace.

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