I have a cover!
Without further ado, here it is:
I wrote this in February: “The Bad News: I don’t have a cover to share with you. I wish I did, but I don’t. Hopefully one will be coming soon, but the publisher has run into an issue with the art they requested and was not personally happy with the final product. After they let me take a look at it, neither was I. While disappointing, this is an opportunity to rethink what is really needed on the cover.
If you’re thinking, ‘Well, it’s a dragon book, it should have a dragon on the cover.” My answer to that is, not necessarily. Hear me out. My book definitely has a dragon in it. He’s one of the main characters, but does he need to be on the cover? I don’t think so.
Do I want to sell books? Of course. But I don’t think I need to put the dragon–his name is Zephyr btw–on the cover to do so. If I’ve done my job as a writer, the reader will get a mental picture of what Zephyr looks like as they read. Their mental image may not match up with mine, but guess what? That’s okay. Do I have a rock-solid picture of Zephyr in my head? You bet. That’s how I was able to write about him. But I want the reader to fill in a few details on their own and everyone will do it in their own way.
The same goes for my main character; Moira Noble may be on the cover or she may not. I know what she looks like, but she may not appear the same to everyone. I think readers should be able to project some of their own characteristics onto fictional characters so they see a bit of themselves in the protagonists they’re reading about.”
Here’s the whole wrap:
We don’t get Zephyr (well, we get an eye), but we do get Moira. The publisher went out of his way to make sure I was happy with the cover, and I am. Reactions have been positive. Fun fact: The Moira on the cover is a real-life person and I’m happy she agreed to pose for the cover.
Here’s the copy that will go the back, wrapping around the eye:
There you have it! I’m super excited to have the opportunity to share the cover and Moira’s story with everyone. The publication date has been pushed back to the 22nd of September but will be available for preorder before then. When it is, I will let everyone know.
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