I’ve got it covered!

As the edit to end all edits trundles along, I’m finding that those old project management skills are worth their weight in spreadsheets.

One of the trickiest activities has been choosing the cover design. Now, thanks to the generosity of my former editor and designer at Saga Whyte Press, Annemarie Skjold, that’s no longer an issue. 

I was contracted to SWP in 2008, but they felt victim to the economic downturn. I always loved her cover design and I’m thrilled to be able to use it for what will be my first novel in print.

With that box gladly ticked, I can turn my attention to the 101 things that still need to be done. 

These include:
– Confirm the list of people to thank.
– Complete the all-singing, all-dancing edit.
– Arrange the formatting to conform to Lightning Source’s requirements.
– Format the ebook version.
– Promote, promote, promote!
– Buy large bar of chocolate to celebrate launch day (currently scheduled for Aug / Sep).

I’m also researching on the web for every scrap of useful information, and I’m indebted to Nicola Morgan’s blog for this gem


  1. Sandra Davies says:

    An excellent start – keep us posted.

  2. I do like that cover design Derek. Sounds like you've got everything under control – stay positive and keep focused and it will all work out for you 🙂

  3. Jaxbee says:

    Only one large bar of chocolate?? Best of luck in the run up to publication and enjoy that wonderful day when you see all your hard work in print. Brilliant.

  4. Derek says:

    Thanks for the heads-up, Rosen, and for looking at the other cover file. YOu've also inspired my next blog post!

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