My next novel, Mechanic Leigh, is due before June 2014 and this poll is to decide on the book cover.

You might recall this precocious boy and his ‘nemesis’ the Ghost Writer. Feel free to click on Category – Mechanic Leigh – to refresh your memories and how he helped many of us relive our childhood.

The original episodes totalled 47 with an approximate word count of 22,000. It has since grown into 50 episodes and with a word count of 57,000.

Thank you all who read, commented and encouraged.

Cover One

Mechanic Leigh cover (2)

Or, do you prefer some green as below

Cover Two

Mechanic Leigh v2_Green (2)

I’m canvassing your help on which of the two book covers you prefer.

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Please also leave behind a comment below – if you wish.

Thank you,

Eric

74 comments

    1. Hello Craig,

      You’re right, as it does look more rustic.

      Thank you for your well wishes and dropping for by with your comment and vote 🙂

      Cheers,
      Eric
      P/s I’ll email you when the free eCopy is ready

  1. Congratulations on the upcoming release – I’m excited for you! I liked (and voted) the second one because it felt more full of life than the first one. (My view may be ‘colored’ by the fact I lived in the desert for 25 years, where browns are very prominent :))

    1. Hello Janna,

      Yes, I suppose having lived in a desert environment, one gets drawn to greenery. It’s similar to people cringing from the wintry colds – some would probably envy my home in Singapore, where it’s warm sunshine all year round.

      Thank you for your visit and vote 🙂
      Eric
      P/s I’ll email you when the free eCopy is ready

  2. I missed reading the posts concerning Mechanic Leigh but am now motivated to catch-up 🙂 I prefer Cover One which to me looks natural.
    Best wishes for the book.

    1. Thank you, Dilip

      For your comment and vote 🙂

      You might not be able to read all of them. However, click on Category in the drop down menu on the left column and you’ll get to read snippets and especially readers’ comments:-)

      All good wishes,
      Eric
      P/s I’ll email you when the free eCopy is ready

  3. I have always been an ardent fan of this series but so sorry to express that I felt both the covers do not do justice to this full of fun, hilarious and nostalgic stories. The cover seems to look sombre-as if a young boy had a difficult and long journey to travel alone. It lacks of cheeriness. I know you had a similar picture in one of your episode, but I was hoping the cover will depict some cheekiness eg. even if it is just the back of a boy posing it a cheeky manner – maybe in this cover the boy jumps up sideways with both heels knock together to express simple happiness. This is just my view. I do apologise first and hope that you will not be upset with my frankness.

    1. A candid assessment, Jasey dearest, which I welcome.

      Others have written to me privately to express similar sentiments.

      All is good and all good wishes :-),
      Eric
      P/s I’ll email you when the free eCopy is ready

  4. The series were before my time in blogsville however I vote for cover #1. The second version seems too cute with all those green leaves competing with the image of the boy it seems over done. The first version sets the boy in an almost magical landscape, so if I were an uninformed reader, as I am, I’d be more drawn towards #1. That’s my two cents worth! Cheerio, Jane

    1. Hello Jane dear,

      I welcome your comment – one untainted by previous exposure to the boy’s antics.

      A couple of readers wrote privately – they actually don’t like both covers and expressed pretty strong reasons. I truly appreciate their candour and their remarks got me thinking.

      Oh dear 🙂

      Well, thank you and let’s see how it goes.

      Cheers,
      Eric
      P/s I’ll email you when the free eCopy is ready

  5. I’m happy for you, Eric. I voted for #1. It feels more wide-open and full of possibilities rather than closed in and protected. Best wishes in your book launch.

    1. Hello Peg 🙂

      Thank you and yes, the vast expanse is almost like an open canvas waiting for the lad’s life to be written.

      Thank you and all good wishes,
      Eric
      P/s I’ll email you when the free eCopy is ready

  6. I chose the 2nd one, Eric, green for me is always best and many congratulations. I’m off to read the link… Mr. Toad, (It must have been pre-my visiting your blog… as I don’t recollect reading/commenting before.. ) xx

    1. Hello PennyG,

      Yes, these series ran before we ‘met’ in Blogsville. I’d to sort of remove the posts so as not to scuttle the book launch. However, you’ll garner from the comments that it was all great fun 🙂

      All good wishes,
      Eric
      P/s I’ll email you when the free eCopy is ready

    1. At one time, the Brown Grass was winning and now, the Green Grass is on the ascendency. What a roller coaster life we live – LOL!

      Thank you Celestine dear, for your presence, thoughts and vote,
      Eric
      P/s I’ll email you when the free eCopy is ready

  7. Hi Eric,
    I liked both covers really but voted for the greener one. I love this series! I’m so glad you are making a book out of it. Best of luck!
    Melissa

    1. Hello Melissa,

      Yes, we did have fun I recall – lovely to look back. I shall keep you updated 🙂

      The greener one does have a more soothing effect. Both covers will do nicely and that’s left me in a bit of a pickle here. But all in good fun and hence seeking opinions.

      Cheers,
      Eric
      P/s I’ll email you when the free eCopy is ready

  8. congrats and best of luck on the launch of your new work. i preferred the first cover, as it seemed more intense and drew the eye to it.

    1. Hello Beth, and thank you.

      You’re right – the first does come across as minimalist and that adds to the intensity.

      Appreciate your input 🙂
      Eric
      P/s I’ll email you when the free eCopy is ready

  9. Hi Eric, I voted for the first one as found it quite dramatic and felt it had slightly more impact, but then again I like them both and think either would draw a reader in. All the best with it and I’ll look out for the launch 🙂

    1. Thank you, Eliz

      Each image tells it’s own set of stories, you’re right. Dramatic impact – I like the sound of that 🙂

      I’ll post about launch dates probably in April late.

      Cheers and good luck with the monthly competition you’re hosting,
      Eric
      P/s I’ll email you when the free eCopy is ready

  10. Eric I’m sorry to say I haven’t read any of the posts concerning Mechanic Leigh, but as to the covers use the first one if its about trials and the second if its about hope or happiness.
    Best of luck!

    1. Hello Odis,

      That is a thought – depending on the theme. It’s mostly fun and laughter but with an undercurrent of growing up in a harsh environment.

      Thank you and have a great day ahead,
      Eric
      P/s I’ll email you when the free eCopy is ready

  11. Eric,
    I liked them both. I was happy to see you’re releasing it as a book, as I always liked the Mechanic Leigh series from the start. All the best!

    1. Ah, Stephen,

      I recall when I first started on Mechanic Leigh in end 2011, you posted a comment about launching your George Packard series. My, it has been some time – and how time flies 🙂

      I really didn’t think Mechanic Leigh would come this far. However, re reading the comments from all the wonderful folks in Blogsville (you included) and how his character evolved, I had to share him with a wider audience.

      Hope you have a handheld to download the eBook 🙂

      Thank you for popping over,
      Eric
      P/s I’ll email you when the free eCopy is ready

    1. Yes, Que,

      I recall that we all had some good laughs 🙂

      As the book progresses, Leigh grows up from a six year old to a fourteen – the challenge was to retain his ‘cuteness’.

      Thank you for your well wishes,
      Eric
      P/s I’ll email you when the free eCopy is ready

    1. Thank you, David, and yes, I recall too 🙂

      The eBook comes out first via Amazon kindle, followed by the print copy via CreateSpace.

      The manuscript is going through the final shake and rattle.

      Cheers,
      Eric
      P/s I’ll email you when the free eCopy is ready

  12. I visually prefer cover #1 but wonder if it fits the landscape of your stories as it seems to be more site specific than #2. Both are nice.
    Good luck with your new book!

    1. Hello VB,

      Apparently, the stories are universal and I was pleasantly surprised that readers all the world over related to Mechanic Leigh’s antics and adventures.
      ————————–
      Mechanic Leigh: Antiques? I don’t collect antiques, I collect used soda bottles and sold them for pocket money.
      Ghost Writer: He said antics.
      Mechanic Leigh: He wrote antiques but said antics.
      Ghost Writer: Sigh.
      Mechanic Leigh: Double sigh!
      ————————–
      But you may be right, VB, the first does look more site specific.

      Thank you for your input and I appreciate this,
      Eric
      P/s I’ll email you when the free eCopy is ready

    1. Hello, Rahul

      I do apologise if I don’t respond soon enough as my WP email notifications died – not receiving any emails since yesterday. All the settings check out at my end – probably a WP glitch.

      Thank you for your well wishes,
      Eric
      P/s I’ll email you when the free eCopy is ready

    1. Hello Bill,

      Yes, I recall that you were a regular regular when Leigh was on.

      ——————
      Mechanic Leigh: Eric said regular regular. Does that make Mr Bill more regular?
      Ghost Writer: He meant, Bill was a regular commenter.
      Mechanic Leigh: But he repeated it twice. Perhaps Eric needs your help.
      Ghost Writer: Well, you repeated it when you said, repeated it twice.
      Mechanic Leigh: I’ve you to fix it for me. Heh! Heh! Heh!
      —————–

      Many thanks, Bill 🙂
      Eric
      P/s I’ll email you when the free eCopy is ready

    1. Hello Ian,

      I plan to give away free copies of the eBook when launched – especially to all who commented on the Mechanic Leigh series. I’ve yet to figure out the mechanics (no pun intended)
      ——————–

      Mechanic Leigh: I heard that!
      Ghost Writer: Leigh, Eric is communicating with his guest.
      Mechanic Leigh: I’m also communicating – with Eric!
      Ghost Writer: Gawd!
      Mechanic Leigh: Heh! Heh! Heh!
      ———————

      Sorry about that.

      Once I figure out how it all works, I shall contact everyone who ever commented on the series – and you are high up there in the list, Ian.

      Thank you and all good wishes,
      Eric
      P/s I’ll email you when the free eCopy is ready

    1. I recall your many comments, Aparna – and it was so lovely, all who commented and laughed with Leigh.

      Thank you for been there with Leigh and the Ghost Writer 🙂

      Cheers,
      Eric
      P/s I’ll email you when the free eCopy is ready

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