Something cool happened today. Two somethings, actually, both related to my upcoming novel. Well, it's already a novel, I guess it's the release that's upcoming but you know what I mean.
My fiction editor emailed me with two minor edits to the manuscript of The Bookseller, and once those were done he announced the book would be sent off "for layout, copyedit, typesetting, the whole gambit. Very exciting!"
Very exciting indeed, even though I have no idea what those things even are!
Okay, I have some idea, but for sure they mean this thing is actually real and progressing!
And the second sprig of happy? Well, what's the one thing a new author wants to know about his soon-to-be-published book? Hmm? No, not when it'll be released, I know that and the answer is October. . . No, I'm not talking about how many free copies I'll get. . . And no! Sheesh, Oprah's not even on TV any more! I'm talking about. . . What does the cover look like???
Because, let's face it, people do judge a book by its cover. And, as he and I have discussed, when you're writing a mystery series, really any series, the first cover will set the tone and style for the following ones. Start off badly then... eeek. Many powerful reasons, then, for me to be anxious about the cover art.
It'll be done soon, he said. Then he emails back and says, "Oh what the heck, here are the two versions we're deciding between, have a look."
Love. Them. Love one slightly more than the other, which happens to be the one he prefers. But, Love. Them.
(Just can't share them yet, I promised him!)
So, all in all a very exciting day indeed. Which reminds me, I never discussed how I landed this publisher, that should be part 4 of my little series, right?
Fine, I'll write it this weekend. Promise.