Friday, January 14, 2011
Today I get to share the unveiling of my first book cover with you. Secrets of the Heart: The Ravensmoore Chronicles, Book One, is becoming a reality for me. I'm so excited!
Bill Johnson and his team at Strang Communications created this cover. I've never met him, but he's obvioulsy excellent at his job. That's a historical romance cover that I'm proud to say hugs the words of my story. The cover perfectly reflects the elements of mystery and suspense in this novel, a wonderful creation for what awaits you on the page.
When I first started writing, more than twenty years ago, I didn't expect the journey to publication to take so long and be so hard. I really didn't. :) But something inside me refused to give up as I realized I was in for the long haul.
I know now, looking back over the last twenty years that I wasn't ready for publication when I thought I was, and I can say now that I'm glad I wasn't published earlier. I think that's true for many of us. I had so much to learn, and now I feel like I've even more to learn; it never stops. We never stop learning and growing in this business of writing. If you do, you're doomed. There's no time to sit back and say, I've made it. But there is time to sit back and study a long imagined book cover and know that in the next few months it will hold the words to the story I created and am anxious to share with you. Secrets of the Heart
I hope I'm still writing and still getting published twenty years from now. Can you imagine what the publishing industry will look like twenty years from now? I wonder what will replace the Kindel and Nook?
I'm hoping in this New Year that you will pursue your dreams with all the passion and enthusiasm that you can muster. If you're writing a book, WRITE IT! If you're building a business, BUILD IT! If you're afraid, DO IT ANYWAY! Do what you have to do to accomplish what you feel called to do.
So tell me: How do you like the cover?
What step are you going to take this year to build your own dream?
What is the publishing business going to look like twenty years from now?
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