There is nothing like seeing the cover art for your novel for the first time.
I remember going with my sister when she tried on dresses for her wedding. A few of her friends talked her into trying on one that she would have never picked for herself. But when she stepped up on the pedestal and looked in the mirror, she gasped.
She knew right at that moment that it was thedress.
That’s how I’ve felt about each cover of my books.
Here’s how it works. The author fills out a survey for the cover artist. Basically, it outlines major themes, what the protagonist (main character) looks like…And from that, the artist puts together a few “comps”. The publisher has the first look, selecting which they like the most. Then the author gets a peek at them. He or she either loves or hates it. If they hate it – well – I’m not sure what happens. That’s never been my experience.
This time, Kregel sent me two comps. I happened to fall in love with this version instantly.
That was a few months ago. And I couldn’t show the cover until I got the okay. Images needed to be purchased, fonts needed to be tweaked, it had to become hi-res (which I have no idea about).
While I waited, I’d open the email with the “comp” and gaze at it, so over the moon by how gorgeous it was, anxious for the day when I could share it with everyone.
So, here it is. And I’m now looking forward to the day my friends and readers get to hold the book in their hands (or ereaders). I really believe that you’ll love Pearl Spence and her family.
As a side note; the other day I posted this cover to Facebook. The response was overwhelming. I feel loved and encouraged. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I truly do have the best friends and readers on this planet.