So, yesterday I got the final cover layout for THE SWORD OF DANU (The Library of Athena, Book 4). No definite release date, but it should be in the next, oh, six weeks. As soon as I get final page proofs and go through it all to make sure there aren’t any more typos or missing commas (remember: Let’s eat, Grandma vs. Let’s eat Grandma – punctuation saves lives).
This is my sixth published book. Wait, is it? *thinks and counts on fingers* Yes, number six. Waiting for the cover is always kind of nerve-wracking, because the author pretty much has NOTHING to do with it. I fill out a cover form and make suggestions, but that’s pretty much it. What will the artist do, how will they see the book and will it be really different from what I imagine? Will it be GOOD enough to capture the reader’s attention and make them pick up the book?
(yeah, yeah, don’t judge a book by its cover. We ALL do it. Book marketers spend thousands of dollars figuring out what magic cover formula will get the reader market share.)
Then you get that email.And the file is attached, and you open it and hold your breath…
I think this guy (who is, by the way, a tattoo artist by trade) totally NAILED it. The knotwork, the mood,the girls. It is quite possibly my new favorite cover of mine.
What do y’all think?