A Tale of Two Covers

I'm thrilled that my book is coming out in January.  The last thing to decide on is a cover.  I have a unique problem -- two cover designs and I can't decide which one I prefer!  I decided to let my friends -- Facebook and otherwise -- help me pick a cover.

Since The Improv is based on a true story of when I was a theatre major in college, I decided to use a photo from that time.  Both covers feature photos taken when I played Sheila in Hair in college -- thirty years ago!  I got back in contact with my dear friend and college roommate, Jeanne Sears Bellis, who took the original production photos.  She is now a graphic designer and still has the original negatives (remember negatives?) from the photos.  She took the photo of me doing a defiant peace sign and made it look all 60s with the colorization and font choice.  The second design was done by my publisher.  She took another photo, processed it, and placed it on a simple black background. 

Help me pick a cover!  As it says on the poll, read the synopsis of the book and consider that the target audience is "mature young adults," especially people interested in theatre.  I'd love to read your comments as well.

Thanks so much!  M.J. McDermott


COMING SOON! Songs of recovery from the band "Monday Night Meeting." Meanwhile, something I wrote while directing a church choir . . . (yes, that's me singing) . . .

This is my audio Christmas card!  Merry Christmas!



First Blog Post - What Am I?

The first thing I had to do to get this website going was create a "logo" for myself -- basically my name and what I am.  It felt like an existential quest.  What am I?  Actually, it's more "What do I do?"

There are two main reasons for this website.  (1) Promote a novel I've written and provide a place for people to find out more and interract with me about the book, and (2) Create a repository for the stuff I've created and the projects in my life that are on-going.  This website will be the go-to spot for me -- mainly work-wise.

So, it includes info about my book (and hopefully future books), my business creating book trailers for authors, my work in math education (including my math video which has gone viral on YouTube!), efforts to petition Congress to change a law that has killed local children's television, and even a place to share music I've written and recorded.  Oh, and there's that weather thing I do. 

My initial attempt at defining myself in my "logo" went like this:  "Writer, Broadcaster, Actor, Meteorologist, Musician, Mathematician."  Then I thought about just putting "Renaissance Woman," but I thought that sounded pretentious.  I also wanted to brag about awards I'd won like this, "Broadcaster*" then "*Emmy Award Winner."  Gag.

Finally, my patient and wise publisher emailed me . . . I want three things, like "Writer | Actor | Broadcaster."  So we settled on that.  And, voil√°, I have a name at the top of my new website.  Now I need to put some content into it . . . Blog Post #1, done!

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