The road to publication can be a long one, especially for those of us pursuing a traditional publishing route. But I passed a couple of milestones last week that finally made this journey seem real.
First, I had to say good-bye to my debut novel, Royal Street, as the final proof came through. I stared at that proof a long time before gathering the nerve to pick it up and start the read from page one through page 336. We’ve been on a long journey, this book and I, and sending it away felt a little bittersweet. I learned a lot in the writing of it, and learned a lot more in the revising of it thanks to a sharp and patient editor.
But as my chick officially left the nest, what to my wondering eyes should appear but...a cover!
Here it is, all shiny and new. The cover artist is Cliff Neilsen (who’s done some spiffy covers, including The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, the latest Chronicles of Narnia incarnations, and books by Sara Beth Durst, Devon Monk, Meljean Brook, and Lisa DesRochers)—and I thought he captured the mood of the book, and the look of my heroine DJ, awesomely.
And now it feels real! Marching on toward the release date of April 10!