Thursday, August 22, 2013

BEATRYSEL cover reveal - AWESOME!

I have some wonderful interviews on the way, exciting new authors taking their lives and careers into their own hands and offering them to me with a fork. But today I have to sing at the top of my lungs because I am happy as teenager with a stolen credit card and Dad's liquor.

Here's why.

This is the cover for my debut novel, BEATRYSEL. Look - there's my name on it and everything.

Isn’t it awesome? I know, right?!

Here’s another graphic, ideal for FaceBook banners and bookmarks. Feel free to take it. Post it on your profile, Twitter link it, give it to your loved ones. You’ve been thinking of getting a tattoo haven’t you?

At the very least, rejoice with me. If you’re an established writer, cast your feelings back to the time you saw your first cover. If you’re an unpublished author, let yourself imagine what it will feel like. It’s nothing like that, by the way, but it is still pretty cool. If you’re just a friend or voyeur, debt-collector or NSA snoop, you can still admire the art-work and swear on a stack of Bibles that you’re going to buy the book and read it because you know – KNOW, it’s an awesome book.

Square. Ideal for avatars
What a long strange trip it’s been, said a great man. And I’m on it, said I. BEATRYSEL was a twinkle of idea, an emotion without voice. A dark feeling. Just that. I coaxed it out and nurtured it, and gave birth to it in a hundred thousand words. Then off to the world, the cold unforgiving competitive world of publishing, in the fool’s hope that someone would appreciate my baby.

Along the way there have been certain definite waypoints: the inspiration, a particularly satisfying chapter that I had to share at the time with everyone. The first query. The first rejection. The first acceptance, meeting, and edits. And now, first seeing the completed cover. What an emotional ride. Prolonged, difficult, and strange.

In the coming weeks I’ll tell you more about my book, tease you into not only wanting to read it, but make it a spiritual imperative that you do.

But for now, join me in the delight of seeing my first book cover.

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