There has been a little response to the logo request. A couple of people have sent drawings. I like the Gator Bait Books best. The idea came from the phrase, “If you’re not the gator, you’re the bait.” Got a cute menacing looking gator holding a fork and knife, but the RS wasn’t felling it. I thought it was grand.
However, I have since learned that gator bait was a derogatory term used for black children in centuries past. While I was thinking more in terms of criminals being gator bait, I can understand why some might find it offensive. The old post cards really show how cruel and thoughtless the idea is and, upon further research, I learned that slave children were actually used as gator bait in Louisiana and Florida, Sad, but true. So that one is out. I could not use it in good conscience.
There were some images much worse than this one and several accompanied by some pretty disgusting poetry.
Can’t go there.
We thought about Gator Bite Books, and Gator Back Books and Laid Back Gator Books.
Naked Gator Books was my second favorite. I’m looking at a couple of drawings there also, but nothing grabs me. Of course all gators are naked. I’m feeling like “Naked” in the imprint and in all the titles and series name is overkill. It wouldn’t work with my historical novels either.
I think I’m going to pass on the shark as they are not as exclusive to Florida and this first line of stories in the series is Central Florida based rather than coastal stories. It also doesn’t work for the historical novels.
Another idea that popped up was the Florida panther. I wouldn’t want to infringe on the Pink Panther and they are almost extinct, so that would not bode well for my book line. Sly Panther Press was an idea we received one drawing for.
Panther Ink Press was an idea that came about from Luanne’s Clothing Optional Press. Acronym= COP. Panther Ink Press being P.I. Press (Since it is a P.I. series, that works.) Again, none of these work well for the other books that aren’t Florida crime fiction.
The heron is the use of another animal…after all, they walk the shores of gatorland. They are in GA in the Okefenokee swamp and along the lowlands of the GA coast as well as the FL coast.
Great Blue Heron Books and Brave Blue Heron Books are two other ideas that came to us. There is a lady who sketches some lovely Herons, Victoria Ward, that I would love on either my crime novels or my historic novels. I got in contact with her, but she doesn’t do commissions😦
She did give me permission to use her image here on my blog. This is what I am looking for.
They aren’t cartoonist herons, but very elegant. Going the way of less silly, more serious appeals to me. Not quite the character for branding that Floyd is for Bindoggbooks, but hey, Floyd is Floyd.
Credit: Victoria Ward, artist
I like the idea of the heron on the Florida regional private investigator novels because the heron is a stealthy bird, who fears not to tread where the gators lurk.
I like the idea of the heron on the GA regional historic novels as those books deal with people who brave uncertain circumstances.
The Great Blue Heron is a majestic bird with a wickedly beautiful face, a sharp eye, and keen senses.
I’ve seen them roost right on top of a gator’s head and not get eaten. Planting one atop a gator’s head might make for a good imprint logo. Brave bird, brave characters, brave books. If anybody out here has the talent to draw something like this with the bird perched atop a gator face peeking out of the water I would love to see it. Or, if you know someone who has the talent and would be willing to do this for me, please help us connect.
I had originally planned a $50.00 Amazon gift certificate to a contestant, but response was minimal. I hate to have to retract the contest, but not having but a couple of responses to choose from leaves me with no choice. I’d be willing to pay more for someone with experience and talent to give me exactly what I’m looking for.
Now I just need to decide if I want to go with brave or great and find an artist.
Help me out here.