So my second YA novel, ‘Cloud 9’, has a face. The book cover has just been finalised and ta-da, here it is…
I love it. Though I’ll admit the very first drafts took some getting used to. Not because it’s not a brilliant design (thanking you, amazing Hot Key Books and your fantastic artistic talent). But because seeing the cover of your book for the first time is a bit like someone else naming your baby.
Chances are it’s never going to come close to the name you had in your head. It’s going to take a lot of re-thinking and re-adjusting until you reach the conclusion: it’s the right one after all. You just never thought of it.
It’s such a personal thing writing a book – it’s hard to surrender ownership. Not to react knee-jerk nervous. But, like they say, raising a child can take a whole village, so it takes a lot of (very talented people) to launch a book, from editors and publicists, to book bloggers and booksellers.
And so today, I raise my cup of tea to the designers. I’m so-very glad you’re in my village.
Thank you for helping me raise the face of ‘Cloud 9’ out of my imagination alone!