After making some changes to the initial cover, the proof of Ties That Bind with the new cover was finally delivered yesterday. Really, even Christmas has a hard time comparing to the feeling I get when I discover there is a box with my latest book waiting for me at the post office. I feel like a kid opening a gift every time.
|Ties That Bind by P.J. Howell|
Now that the cover is complete, I can check that task off my list as we move closer to the publishing date. Since I am nearing the date when the book will finally be available on line, I’d like to share the book cover with you – here it is:
I would ask what you think of it…but I won’t. Right now I like it and that’s what’s important at this point. If I keep second guessing myself, this book won’t get published before the end of the year and I fear many of you will never forgive me if it isn’t available to you before Christmas!
I will admit to something I should have put more thought into when my first cover was revealed, and that’s the fact that I wish I had stuck to a certain look that could have carried over from book to book so that it was apparent they were part of the same series. While I like the fact that they each have their own character, as far as covers go, I think it would have been better if they had a similar look (and it would have been easier and less time-consuming too). Now that I’m three books into the series, I’m past the point of no return; however, I was at a local bookstore the other day and I was reminded of the fact that not all book coves are set in stone. That reminder came from the Hunger Games when I saw that all the books recently got a face lift – new covers with a different look. I’m already thinking ahead to how fun it might be to redo all the covers for my series once (if) I reach an end to the series so that they all have a similar look.
But that’s obviously a long time from now so I will focus on the covers as they stand. Now that I have the proof and have thumbed through it again and again, I do feel happy with the result so that I can move forward with finally getting this horse out of the gate. There are just a few more details to finish with and right now the expectation is that Ties That Bind will be available next week (December 1st is the plan).
Just one more week!
I will post an update during Thanksgiving weekend – until then, have a great week.