... but you do!
I know that. You know that. The cover lures the reader to open the book, the story keeps the reader turning the page. Both should be amazing!
While writing Midnight Playground, I had an idea all along of how I wanted my cover to be. I wanted a merry go round with deep ruts, symbolizing the ruts we get in when we keep doing the same thing over and over. I wanted it to be nighttime, of course, with moonlight. The darkness and stillness to show emptiness and quiet (not necessarily peaceful, but quiet).
I had proudly submitted to the publisher what Julz and I and Caerah (my artist) had put together over several sessions at Starbucks. I dared the professionals to top our cover.
I was blown away!
Every element I wanted is included. It's slick. It's professional. It's legitimate. It says, "pick me up, read me, the story inside is amazing, you won't be disappointed, you'll think about me for a long, long time, you won't want to put me down!"
And my novel backs up what the cover promises. You won't be disappointed; you'll think about my characters long after the last page; you won't want it to end, and you'll want more. Much more.
My author copy was shipped today. I'm a few nail-biting days away from holding the real-life, smell-the-ink, bend-the-spine copy of my book in my hands. And once I approve my author copy, then it's ready for you!
If you want a signed copy of Midnight Playground,use the pre-order link. If you need any other personalization (e.g. It's a gift and you want me to write someone else's name on it), please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.