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Cover Reveal!

It didn’t take long to choose a cover, thanks to the voting that took place last week.  So, drumroll please…

Oh, wait, this is a blog.

Just imagine one, then, because here is the cover for Standing By!

I only tweaked the cover slightly once I knew this would be the one (bonus points if you can notice the tiny difference).

Some people who I talked to didn’t like the white cover because of the way it blends in with backgrounds on the internet, like this blog.  However, I personally love white covers and find them to catch my eye more so than any other covers on the shelves.  I also like that this cover is simple, which is another factor I like in book covers when I’m book shopping.

Meanwhile, if all goes well over the next week or so, the book should be available no later than the end of July.  Latest would be mid-August.  But for my sanity, let’s shoot for mid-to-end of July, shall we?

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Cover Voting

Well friends, it looks like I’m gong to need your help!

I’ve come up with a number of different book covers for Standing By, but it’s hard for me to choose my top favorite.  I have at least been able to eliminate a few, leaving me with four options left.  This is where I’m going to ask you all to vote for your favorite.

So imagine you’re in a bookstore – in the Young Adult/Teen section – and you see these covers.  Which would you be most likely to pick up?

It would help a lot if you could just take a second and vote for your favorite option!

~ Link to Vote! ~

(side note: there is a possibility that a completely new cover will hit me and will end up as the official cover, but I’m doubtful that will happen)

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Book Design Time!

Now that my book is in the hands of a few select editors, I am going to focus on the most important part of the book… the cover!

I mean, we all judge books by their covers, right?

I figure a good way to distract myself from thinking about other eyes constructively criticizing my baby is to keep my focus on what I’d like for a book cover.  I’ve had some ideas over the months of writing, but now that the writing is actually done, I can get a better picture in my head.  The great, but also terrible, thing about this is that there are numerous ways I can go with the cover.  Being an indecisive person most of the time… well, this doesn’t help me at all.

A few cover mock-ups have been made, and by a few, I mean two.  There are other ideas that I want to play with first before I start making decisions.

In the meantime, I’m just having fun designing the possible covers.

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Off to the Editors We Go!

This weekend Standing By will get into the hands of a few select editors.  Mind you, since I’m going along the self-publishing route, I’m not using professional editors.  Instead, I’m using the connections that I do have – English majors and librarians.  I’m a little apprehensive to let new eyes see my book, but I’m sure that’s how all writers feel.  Even the vets.

I can’t say how long this part will take.  Again, this is my first rodeo along the lines of actually going through with getting something published.  I suppose this depends on how fast my first set of editors read and how many mistakes or problems they catch (though I hope it’s not many.  I did just go through a brief self-editing period to spruce it up).

To keep myself busy while other eyes are looking over my work, I’ll take some time to properly work on a cover and get myself familiar with the self-publishing process (more so than I have).

I’m getting real excited about this!