Monday, November 25, 2013
Cover Reveal - The Binding
Kelsey Kukal-Keeton with K Keeton Designs did an absolutely beautiful job on the cover for The Binding, coming in print soon. I am completely in love with this and look forward to working with Kelsey on the covers for The Drifting and The Whispering.
When we were in the process of working out the details, I sent the cover to a few people for their opinion and insight. I was asked why I choose to go this route instead of going with the existing eBooks covers. Here's why.
When I first started writing The Binding, Jennifer (my sister-in-arms and partner in wanna-be-gansta-like crime) and I were in a small hole-in-the-wall Chinese diner after a rather exhausting workout. It was the night I told her I was writing a book - The Binding. I was nervous, expecting her to brush it off as another one of my "yeah, I'm gonna be a ____" whatever it was I was going to be at that time. Here's the thing...she didn't brush it off, or laugh, or even roll her eyes at me. Instead, she asked me what the book was about. As I sat across from her, telling her about the first chapters, she remained quiet, listened intensely, and as I grew more animated about Lily's first encounter with Tharin, her eyes grew larger with each scene.
And when I was done, she didn't say a word. Not a "oh my God, that's awesome" or "that stinks, next...". After a few minutes of silence, I quickly told her it was a stupid idea and had tossed the story the night before. I told her that no one would want to read, or even like, a story of a girl and her elf prince. And, it would be embarrassing if someone did read it (like family and friends) and laugh me into never showing my face again. Here's what she said to me:
1. No regrets
2. Who gives a f*ck?
3. Get rid of whatever brings you down, and
4. Prove everyone wrong.
I still have the napkin I wrote that on. It was July, 2011.
We spent the next hour in that little diner talking about the book, about how it will take the world by storm, and about the cover. When I started writing The Binding, one of the things I envisioned was what the book cover would look like. And that night, sitting across from me, Jenn said that she could actually see the book cover - her vision was exactly the same as mine. Dark forest green background with gold lettering.
Jenn, two years later...and look - dark forest green background with gold lettering. Thanks for the words of encouragement and keeping me on this journey. The Binding would have never survived if it weren't for our pigging out after our workout.
Until the next time, good reading to all!