Dear Cover Browsers,
Most of my writing time this May has been spent working with the publisher and designer on the cover for Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets. The process hasn’t always been easy, but it’s been worth it.
You’ve probably heard the expression, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” But the truth is most people do! Think about it. You’re shopping for a new book. The cover must catch your eye and be compelling enough so the volume finds a new home in your world.
For us Middle Grade (preteen audience) writers, the cover must be age appropriate, yet have “wow factor,” plus reveal something irresistible about the characters and story–enough for the book to grab the hand and heart and stick like Crazy Glue.
My vision for my cover has changed during the negotiation process with the publisher and designer over points enormous and minuscule. One moment, I’m disappointed when a cherished idea is rejected. Then, I’m elated when one is approved! Suddenly, a great idea I hadn’t thought of enters the mix. When I can remain objective, it’s inspiring to behold the designer’s artistry, the publisher’s expertise, and my wishes shift and merge. It’s definitely a give-and-take process, making the cover better with each round. As of today, we’re almost there! Later this year, I will have the great “Cover Reveal” for your take on our efforts.
So get a clue, Readers, and get my book, cover and all, next February. I hope it grabs you and doesn’t let go long after you’ve finished reading it, cover to cover.