Back in August, I found an artist, Nathalia Suellen, on DeviantArt who designed book covers in addition to other things like CD covers and advertisements. In her portfolio, I found the most gorgeous picture that looked like it would be perfect as the cover for HERE (then known as TORN.)
I hadn’t decided what to do with HERE yet. I still had a few queries out and a couple of fulls, but I wasn’t optimistic. My rejections were either the pat “it’s not for me” or the more disheartening “I love your story/concept/writing, but I have a client with a similar concept and you would be competition.”
While I was trying to decide what to do, I emailed Natalia and asked her if the photo was available for book covers. She emailed back saying that photo only had two year rights available (not acceptable) BUT she could make me one that would not only cost less and give me eternal rights, but could be custom fit to my book. There was a small catch. She had a wait list of two months. Since I still hadn’t decided, I told her to add me to the list.
In mid October, Natalia emailed that she was ready. I told her the look I was going for on the cover, a bit about the story and let her loose. I admit, I was a bit nervous. I’d had much more input on my previous covers. But her art work is stunningly gorgeous. Somehow, I just knew that she was going to create something incredible.
Several days ago, she sent me a preliminary proof of the front cover. And I about died with happiness. It was gorgeous and fit the book on so many levels, but she told me she wasn’t done yet and had more tweaking to do. Today she sent me finished product.
I bet you want to see it, huh?
I LOVE IT SO MUCH.
And now I’m back on track. With my eBooks anyway. They should be available on Wednesday, November 9. (Many, many, MANY thanks to LK Campbell who has been so very patient rearranging her schedule to accommodate my delay) Print books are still two weeks away. Sigh.