1) Identification of the excerpt chosen for our class anthology, and the student’s reasons for selecting it;
Okay, so I actually did have a good reason for choosing this chapter. Chapter four is very meaningful for the character development of Yaska. While it presents only a physical change, it’s a change that affects her for the rest of the novel. I could have gone with an excerpt that was more plot relevant, but I decided that this was the part that I liked best out of what I had written so far. The only other excerpt I would pull would be from the climax, and that would be too big a spoiler. I also took this as a chance to look over and polish this part of the novel more critically. My only regret in choosing this part for the excerpt is that I didn’t get
2) The image chosen by the student for his/her story cover, and the student’s reasons for selecting it;
The cover was easy to pick simply because it was my only option. It’s a very rough drawing of Yaska showing her state either by the end of the novel or beyond that (depends on weather she got the facial scar from the kindgom’s enemies or from a dragon.) She is the subject of the chapter, and the book, so having her on the cover made sense. I know what she looks like. I have a good image in my mind, and I’ve drawn her many times, so I looked into my drawings. The only one that worked was this sketch, so I fixed it and scanned it. I’m a fan of the style, and although there would be continuity issues if I used this cover, this works as a placeholder.
I plan on doing much more for the full novel’s cover, sketching something like this with a background and getting the best artist I know to paint in the color (my sister).
3) The blurb and tagline for the excerpt.
The King of the Solune kingdom was wary of an oncoming attack. A mysterious army could be seen advancing towards his kingdom far, far in the distance. A calculated eight days before they would arrive, the armyless King scrambled to build an army from nothing. Aiming for quality over quantity, he sent out his daughters to recruit warriors who have made a name for themselves in combat or in weapon making. Yaska is known in her village for her brutal strength and cunning instinct. She is recruited a hunter; a predator. Along with the rest of the recruits, Yaska must be trained to be a true warrior who can defend the kingdom.
One thousand years of defense can leave a kingdom defenceless.