Tuesday, March 19, 2013
A working cover
They say a picture's worth a thousand words. Well, in this case I'm hoping it'll be worth 75 thousand words, the typical length of one of my mysteries.
Why design a working cover? After all, isn't a cover supposed to help sell the completed book to the readers? Well, yes, but first I have to sell myself on the book, to want to see a completed work behind this bad girl.
And also because while cover art lets me use a different set of creative skills from writing, flexing different muscles. And because sometimes it takes more than my partly hazy imagination, something I can stare at and bring about the mood of the piece I'm working on to the fore. Just like creating a playlist, staring at the working cover transports me into the book, helps me mingle with the characters, get the feel of the book, in the case of Final Notice, that's sassy, sexy and off the wall zany. I love the working cover, I love the book and I can't wait to share it all with you.