Here We Go, Here We Go Again

Yay! Isn’t it purty?

My book cover saga is probably getting a little bit old by now.  I’ve made lots of changes to my designs, and you’ve all rushed out and bought up thousands of copies of each new iteration like good little fanboys and girls, right?  Right.

Well, this time the new covers signify something important.  They’re the product of a collaboration between me and a professional art director who’s done a totally bang up job of taking what I had been trying to express and turning it into a simple, elegant, attractive reality.  I owe a great many thanks to Lauren C. for her lovely design.

I can’t really make any official announcements about my other dastardly activities, since I’m waiting for December to roll around, but suffice to say I’m also deeply and forever indebted to Margaret B. for her faith in my novel and her tireless, amazing work in helping me secure some professional attention (spoiler alert: I’ve secured a bit of professional attention).  I think I use my yearly quota of exclamation marks in every email I send to her, because she always has something exciting and wonderful to say.  Big things are happening in Jen-land, and I absolutely can’t wait to share them with y’all.

I haven’t finished writing this yet, but that’s never stopped me from working on a book cover.

The new covers are available on all digital formats of TLDTC and the paperbacks, although at the moment, if you click to buy through Amazon, it still gives you the old version.  It just needs a few days to populate, but if you really can’t wait to get your hands on it, you can buy it through CreateSpace.  Same price, and the shipping is always much quicker than it says, so don’t bother springing for the expensive options.  These versions also include some typo corrections. Hopefully all the typo corrections.  Ugh, typos.

I guess this is less of an announcement than a teaser, but I wanted to share the new artwork with you guys if you haven’t already seen it.  All of these things (and NaNo) have kept my motivation high when it comes to writing The Spoil of ZK, and I really do hope to have the first draft finished by the end of the year.

It’s turning out to be at least as long as TLDTC, if not longer, so those of you who enjoyed the epic heft of the first one will be thrilled (those of you who couldn’t wait for it to end probably won’t read SZK anyway, I suppose).  You can always use the copies with the old artwork as doorstops, if you want.  I may do my own poor man’s version of an ARC and release a copy to a select few of you for opinions once I put it through an initial round of editing.  I’ll have to devise some clever way to make it enticing.

So that’s the news for now.  I’m about par with my word count, which is fine as long as I don’t fall behind over the holiday.  I wish you all a very happy second-and-a-bit week of NaNoWriMo, and hope you all had an appropriately mindful Veteran’s Day and/or Remembrance Sunday.  I write about soldiers a lot, but I wouldn’t be able to if it wasn’t for the men and women who made sacrifices I only dream about in fiction.

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