It’s a very exciting time in the publishing process! I have recently started editing the final draft of The Art of Falling with my editor at Dragon Moon Press.
What’s great about an editor is that they truly are a fresh pair of eyes to read over your story. No matter how hard you try to step back from your work, you’re always too deeply entrenched in the characters, the plot, the backstory. It’s hard to surprise yourself when you know what’s going to happen.
So I am very thankful that my editor, the lovely Sandra Nguyen, has not just been sending her in depth comments and suggestions as an editor, but as a reader who is new to the story. She can tell me parts are confusing, which parts paint a clear picture, and the honest opinion on whether there is an audience for my novel.
There’s no telling how long this process will take, and what the next steps in the publishing process is. But it is so satisfying and thrilling to know I’m getting closer to having my novel on my bookshelf. It’s been a long five years, and I can’t wait to share the final, polished book with you!
While waiting for my turn to come around for the editing process, the publisher and I are starting to brainstorm cover ideas for The Art of Falling!
This is by far one of the most important parts that I have been dying to get my hands on. I am definitely one to judge a book by its cover, and I naturally want to help them design a cover that I think will grab a reader’s attention.
A few years ago I had come up with a book cover concept that suited my needs at the time. It put a face to the novel as I continued to work on it and try to gather readers.
Of course, as we move forward, this idea will most likely be scrapped for something new.
My homework has been researching Urban Fantasy/Romance book covers on the Amazon Top 100 List (and on pinterest) to see what covers are popular, what themes and styles seem to work, and to find ideas that would translate well to my novel.
For fantasy, covers with people on them are very popular. While I am not a fan (as I feel this can sometimes look tacky when editing is awful) I do understand why this style is used. It allows young readers to identify with the character! However, I’m personally a huge fan of covers with a symbol or image (think Twilight’s apple or Hunger Games’ mockingjay.)
I’ve got quite a few ideas saved in a pinterest board for reference as I continue to work with the publisher. However, I thought I would share some of the covers that jumped out at me with you guys!
What covers jump out to you when you’re browsing the library or bookstore? What themes do you enjoy? What traits do you dislike? Let me know in the comments!
It’s almost time again! I’m going to be at Shuto Con from March 16 – 19th selling my art in the Artist Alley. Check out the map above to come find me easily!
While I’m there, I’m also holding a special giveaway to help promote The Art of Falling. What’s the giveaway, you ask? Well, the answer will be in the exclusive newsletter that I’m going to be sending out next week!
That’s right, I’m starting up a new “monthly” newsletter that will have exclusive news and details when available, hence the tentative schedule. I’ll keep readers updated on giveaways, exclusive short stories, deleted scenes, and character backstories that won’t be shared with the public. I’ll also make announcements for events like Shuto Con, eventual book signings and readings, and writing tips.
Signing up is easy! Simply click this link and submit your e-mail. That’s it! Then, feel free to share it with others so they can join, too. The more the merrier!
Hope to see your name added to the list of readers, and that I see you at Shuto Con!