When you get a knock out cover for your novel, great happiness ensues. OK, so we writers are a superficial lot. But after working for a year or longer on a novel and investing your heart and hopes in it, the day your editor sends you the cover, your finger hovers over the keyboard. Um. To open email or wait for supportive spouse to come home?
Of course you’re not going to wait. And ta DA! It’s fabulous. Not only beautiful, but just exactly, perfectly right. The artist nailed it. Celebration ensues, with giddy pleasure all out of proportion, kind of like sitting in front of your very own generous wedge of cherry pie. (Well, maybe not That good.)
I have had this experience five times over my career of 13 books. In deference to the cover artists who tried to nail it, I won’t mention which books they were–except for the one shown here, my PK Dick nominated novel, Maximum Ice. Cover artist Matt Forsyth captured so much about this story:
- The wonder of a crystalized world.
- The mystery of an ancient habitation abandoned and rediscovered.
- Zoya, my major character, in communion with an unknowable place.
- The ambiguity of Ice, both natural and designed.
Well, I told you I was giddy when I saw it.
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