Lemme explain something to you, man…

So I’ve queried the good folks at Dudeism headquarters to see if This Dudely Gentleman can be of some assistance by submitting something to their upcoming educational tract on the topic of the day, man. Namely, His Dudeness. I propose to outline the history of literary Dude-sleuths, from C. Auguste Dupin to, well, like, El Dudarino, man. Let us hit all points and pins in-between. Chandler, Hammet, Sax Rohmer… Dutch Leonard! What about Robert Campbell, Scott Phillips, Greg McDonald… let’s talk about Fletch here. That guy was clearly not a fan of the fucking Eagles, man… (And yes, that is a picture of my own Dude-leg)

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…

Hot Sinatra is about to be cut loose unto the wilds, seeking out representation in the form of a good publisher. Wish Moss and the boyos a safe, riotous and most productive trip, won’t you? In honor of this momentous occasion, I once again offer a peek at the tremendous cover art made for me by the inestimable EyeCrave Productions

And some new quotes from some lovely friends/amazing authors:

“Moss Cole sizzles hotter than bacon!” – Red Tash, author of This Brilliant Darkness and Troll or Derby

“What I know about jazz wouldn’t fill a dirty shotglass, but I do know a damn good book when I read it, and Axel Howerton’s Hot Sinatra delivers. Howerton is one of the best new crime fiction writers — hell, one of the best writers, period — out there. Do yourself a favor and settle into Axel’s groove.” – Scott S. Phillips, author of Squirrel Eyes, Tales of Misery & Imagination, and Pete, Drinker of Blood

9 thoughts on “Lemme explain something to you, man…”

  1. The colors and design of this cover really stand out. I love it! There is just one thing that bothers me about this and most other self-published works, and that’s the space the author’s name takes in the cover. It’s as though the author is too shy to see his/her name represented with their work!

    Surely nobody starts a Stephen King or such, but you won’t get there if you don’t tell the world who you are, don’t you think?

  2. Fair enough, Joe. Thanks for that viewpoint. It honestly wasn’t a conscious decision, but now that you mention it…

    Although it’s not self-published as of yet. A friend of mine did this one on spec, just to urge me on to finish the damn thing in the first place. It is just newly “finished” and headed out to see what we can see. Eyecrave Productions also did this cover for me (this is self-pubbed) which does have a little bit more prominent name placement.


  3. Agreed. That’s much more noticeable.

    I think the whole idea of displaying your name in bigger letters has everything to do with marketing. A bigger name means it’s more noticeable. It’s, I think, the first step to turning your particular kind of fiction into a brand of sorts.


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