We all know not to judge a book by it’s cover, right? But whether you’re browsing online or in the bookstore for an ebook or a paperback, the cover is the first thing you see. And it’s often the reason you decide to buy (or not buy) the book.
A good cover tells the reader something about the story and should be attractive, interesting, and/or intriguing. The cover can make a big difference in sales. All the writers tell me that seeing the cover for the first time is one of the most exciting moments in the publication process.
I filled out a survey for the cover in mid-September with details about the characters and plot of Until Thanksgiving, my upcoming release from Dreamspinner Press. A month later, the artist sent me three renditions. I quickly settled on a favorite.
The design was perfect, but the models selected to portray Josh Freeman, Thad Parker, and Adam Gordon weren’t quite right. Over the next few weeks, the artist sent me a dozen or more options for each character. More recently, we’ve been fine-tuning little details.
Today he sent me the final version. Without further ado, here it is…
Gay and pushing forty, Josh Freeman knows his best years are behind him. After his partner of seventeen years has an affair with a younger man, Josh buries himself in a pile of take-out boxes, empty bottles, half-smoked joints, and self-pity. His best friend, Linda does what friends do—gently kicks his ass and encourages him to give the job he’s been offered in Washington D.C. a try—at least until Thanksgiving.
Thad Parker, a DC-based relocation expert, rarely dates and has never fallen for anyone. But when he meets Josh Freeman and shakes his hand, a spark hits him like a lightning bolt. When Josh takes an active interest in someone else, Thad decides to wait.
While he waits, misunderstandings about Thad’s relationship with his older roommate, a reckless encounter with a serial killer, and a brush with death conspire against Josh and Thad’s chance at happiness.
I have to agree with the writers I’ve met. Seeing my cover for the first time was a huge thrill. I’ll be dancing off the ceiling for the rest of the day here in…
My Glass House