Seeing your cover for the first time–especially when it's for your first book–is a very emotional experience for an author.
There's a whole lot of hands shaking, butterflies flapping around in your stomach excitement–but also a whole lot of OMG-What-if-I-hate-it?????? panic. (In case you don't know, authors don't get to design their own covers. We get a *little* input–but on the whole, the publisher is the one with all the say).
And sometimes, there's even the happy tears that come when you open the file from your editor and see something as gorgeous as THIS:
There were many reasons why I cried. Like how the characters look so uncannily like how I imagine them that I wondered if the artist somehow crawled inside my head. Or how there's my name–MY NAME–on the cover of MY BOOK. Or the fact that S&S somehow managed to give me something that is so much better (SO much better) than anything I'd ever envisioned on my own (hm… that's probably why authors aren't the ones to design their covers…)
But there was actually a much bigger reason it had such a strong affect.
Not sure how many of you follow my facebook updates, but a few months ago you might have seen when I posted this:
But what you don't know is that a few hours after I posted that my phone beeped with a text message. I'd assumed it was my husband texting me from work. But instead it was Liesa (my editor), and the message said this:
And months later, to see those visions overlap in a cover that is not only perfect for the book but perfect for ME–and 10,000 times better than I ever could have imagined–is just the most incredible gift.
October 29th, 2019 | News
I can’t believe we’re so close to launch time–where has this year gone??? And I realized that while I’ve posted all of this information on my social media and in my newsletter, I figured it might be good to put it all in one place so you can take advantage of all the awesome things…
May 13th, 2019 | News
The wait is over! The stunning cover of LEGACY has finally been revealed!!!! (illustrated by Jason Chan—and designed by Karin Paprocki). AND BEFORE YOU STOP READING TO STARE AT THE SHINY—WAIT! I HAVE MORE BIG NEWS! ??? The first edition of LEGACY (meaning ALL the copies from the original printing of the book) will have…
November 6th, 2018 | News
Well, it’s finally here. The moment when store shelves get filled with shiny hardcovers and pre-orders ship and ebooks download and my precious book baby stops being mine. It’s a moment I’ve lived through ten times now (HOW IS THIS MY TENTH BOOK???) and yet it’s still a head-spinning mix of excitement and panic. Because I want you guys…