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Press Release

September 22, 2013

 

 Cover designs for Super Nobody and future books (click for Super Nobody)

Brent Meske’s breakout novel Super Nobody was recently chosen as required reading for middle school students in the state of Arizona. The novel, the first in a series of Young Adult urban fantasy superhero books, explores themes of the everyday hero.

Frank McCormick of Sunnyside Unified School District originally discovered Super Nobody through the independent publishing website Smashwords.com. 1300 6th graders in five schools will be tasked with reading the book on e-readers. He explained that ‘one of the biggest challenges with writing for common core’s skills-based curriculum is finding titles that have enough universal appeal’ and that the notion of a superhero novel fit particularly well.

Along with a team of English teachers, McCormick spent the summer crafting a series of lesson plans to teach students to better understand literary devices, consider themselves as potential everyday heroes, and reflect on how the protagonist might be like themselves.

Described as ‘a highly readable book’ and a ‘fast-paced, well-written story’ in reviews, the novel is free to download in multiple e-book formats on Smashwords.com, and in print from Amazon.com. It follows the life of Michael Washington, a middle school student in the small town of Lincolnshire, a town which, in the near future, contains more superheroes than any other place on the planet. Michael is on hand to witness several ‘Activations.’ or young people coming into their super powers in dangerous and often violent ways. Without a power of his own, Michael is forced to handle these situations with wits and willpower.

Meske will answer student questions related to the book and writing in October via Skype. In addition, using Photoshop, the author will ‘Activate’ students who write exemplary essays, and put these super students’ images on alternate book covers.

Brent Meske is not a superhero in the traditional sense, but is a father of one, a husband to a Korean national, writer, teacher and artist. He recently accepted a job teaching English at Inha University in Korea, and hails from Metro Detroit in Michigan. He has a masters in English (TESOL) from the University of Southern California, and is a graduate of Berkley High School. He has recently been asked to review e-books for Awesome Indies (awesomeindies.net), an organization whose aim is to judge independent authors against mainstream publishing standards. In addition, Brent does freelance e-book cover design.

Please send all press requests to:

Brent Meske

meskebrent@gmail.com

+82 10 4580 0718 (international, South Korea)

To learn more about Brent Meske, please see:

Smashwords author page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/brentmeske

Facebook writer page: https://www.facebook.com/bmeske

Cover designer blog: https://meskebrent.wordpress.com

Services offered

Ebook cover design (published on any website): $50 (USD)

Print cover design: $60 (USD) (createspace.com or any mainstream publishing company)

Revamping an ebook cover (you’ve already got a design, but your cousin did it, or you did it on GIMP and you’re not really happy with it, you want some sales, come on!) $40 (USD)

I keep clear communication open via email (and possibly Skype, though I live in Korea) and make timely delivery of product. I would love to say ‘satisfaction guaranteed!’ but I know somebody (hopefully it’s not you) would be super picky and demand a dozen concepts, taking  days worth of actual design time. If we head through more than 3 concepts, chances are good I’ll refund half your money and leave you with PSD files of everything I’ve done so far.

If interested, please email me: meskebrent @ gmail.com (remove the spaces, you human-non-spambot you)

I accept Paypal, paper checks (money orders, whathaveyou) mailed to USA, and Amazon giftcards (my editor needs books like most people need oxygen, so I pay him in books).

Cheers,

-Brent