Monday, August 11, 2014

Cover Reveal for Miriam's Surrender

I have a cover! I’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting to tell you, and now I finally can. I have a cover for Miriam’s Surrender and I love it! Here it is:

What do you think?

It’s funny because whenever it’s time to work on the covers for my books, I always laugh. My publisher sends me a cover sheet that I’m supposed to fill out with information about my book—title, summary, character information, setting. I’m also supposed to suggest photos that I like and the type of cover I’d like—do I want people or not, is there a particular item or symbol I want to show, etc. And the best part is the section that asks, “What DON’T you want on the cover.”

Now, writers often compare their books to babies. We create the book and know our characters as if they were real people. That’s true. But having had babies—two of them—I see a big difference between what I create and whom I birth. While I’m partial to my own writing, I recognize that my book is a thing. It’s not my baby. Therefore, while I definitely give parameters, I don’t usually have too many “must haves” or “must not haves.”

Miriam’s Surrender is my fourth book. It is also the fourth cover that, while maybe didn’t completely ignore my suggestions, used the judgment of the art department more than mine. And it’s the fourth cover that I completely loved from the moment I saw it.

Even though I’m not a fan of split covers.

Even though I’m not a fan of people on my covers (yes, every single one of mine has had a person on it—go figure).

Even though it doesn’t have anything to do with the first cover in the series.

I love this cover!

To all my current and future publishers out there, please continue to listen to your art department, rather than me, when making my covers. I love them!

I just finished working with a graphics designer on promo material for Miriam’s Surrender, which releases on September 10. If you’d like me to send it to you, leave a comment on the blog and I’ll do so.