John McDermott

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Cartoon Covers – don’t assume…

The jury is still out, as far as I’m concerned, about the role a cover plays in whether a book is bought or not. Is it the cover, is it the title or something else? By all accounts, it’s 50-50. The impact of blurbs, reviews and word of mouth seems to be more settled. Whilst blurbs were important in years gone by, todya they have often deteriorated into telling the story or being purely a range of quotes by well-known names. Reviews, whilst they still seem to be popular to write and be read seem to have very little impact generally speaking on whether a book is bought or not. That, I suppose links with word of mouth – by far the best way to get people to buy a book. Being a subject specialist reader (in my other life) where topic determines whether or not I invest in a book, I rely on recommendations by a few trusted people and more often than not, a footnote…

Onto cartoons – again, not everyone’s cup of tea, as they say. But a good means to convey a message, often belying a more serious topic. See what you think of these books by TSL authors… history, poetry, limericks, humour, and political parody all feature in this collection.

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John McDermott

About John McDermott

John McDermott was born in Liverpool in 1925 where he attended school till age 15 when he left to work for ICI.
After moving to Cheshire in 1951 he met and married Marjorie who gave him six wonderful children.
John has always had an interest in literature, having been brought up in a house where Dickens, H.G. Wells and P.G. Wodehouse were borrowed regularly from the local library. P.G. Wodehouse was a particular favourite and his sort of humour makes occasional appearances in John’s stories.

Chris, John’s eldest son, has inherited the literary gene and not only writes but acts and directs as well. You can see more about John’s and his script writing at www.murdermysteryplayers.co.uk.

Books by John