Signing contracts, completing blurb forms and being introduced to your book’s editor is all very exciting.
But I have to admit that it didn’t start to feel real until I signed off on the final revision of the book cover design. Suddenly, there’s something tangible to latch onto. Something that lives outside of my head, my laptop and the two-inches-thick stack of scribbles on my desk.
Getting to that point wasn’t the proverbial walk in the park. I’m a graphic moron, inarticulate at best when trying to specify anything artsy, so I think I blew that whole exercise wildly out of proportion.
Fortunately for me, and the cover, the art department at Dreamspinner Press must be staffed with saints, because everyone was endlessly patient with my clueless ramblings. Even more fortunate, I have exceptionally patient friends and acquaintances… and not one of them complained when they were asked over and over to look at this and that and the other and give me their opinions.
And when that perfect cover suddenly arrives in your inbox, you’ll know. Tiger got startled from a deep sleep by my sudden screech, and I’m sure the neighbours thought the utterly gorgeous Shim Changmin had unexpectedly stepped foot onto the village green and required an extremely vocal welcoming committee. I’m still surprised I wasn’t pulled up for a public order offence, but it seems I have very understanding neighbours.
Now there’s a new picture hanging over my desk, in place of the home-made ones I use to keep me entertained while writing. It looks lovely… all green and purple and so very Jack. I’m looking forward to the book coming out all of a sudden… and the manufacturing engineer I was not too long ago marvels at the perfect production process Dreamspinner have in place.
Not two hours after I signed off the cover, the Job Hunt manuscript arrived in my inbox for its first round of editing. That’s entertainment of a very different kind. And the next step in what I’m coming to see as a publishing apprenticeship of sorts.
Fortunately, it’s the right weather for curling up on the sofa with a cuppa and a laptop. So let the fun begin…