Meet Ian and Charlie. Charlie is a forester. She’s employed by Ian Macallister to care for the piece of Northwoods forest that his company owns. Macallister Outdoors recently added to their wilderness holdings, and Ian wants Charlie to give him a tour. If you look at the cover closely, you’ll see a third character. Its in the lake. Watching. Listening.
You’ll find all kinds of things on this cover. The north woods. The characters of my new book. The spirit that holds them in thrall when they are stranded beside the tiny lake that sits in the center of the new acquisition. The attraction between Charlie and Ian. The spell the spirit casts. Or does it? In short, you’ll get a good feel for the story before you read a sentence.
This cover came into existence because I decided to end the torture of creating my own cover and to go with a professional. I don’t want to admit how many hours… and hours… and hours… I spent creating the covers for my first self-published stories. And how comparatively poor they were.
I chose Laura Shinn because I liked her other covers, I liked her, and I hoped she would do a good job. I knew she’d do better than I could. I’m amazed with what she came up with in what I suspect was a couple hours of work one evening. I could be wrong about that, but that’s what I think and is what can happen when you’re a professional and good at what you do.
Thanks, Laura. And to every other self-pubber out there, consider having a professional cover done. It won’t break the bank and it will do more to promote your book than anything else I can think of.
My next book will definitely have a professional cover. I hope Laura will have time to fit me into her schedule.