Posts Tagged ‘book covers’

I think we have the best cover artist in the world. When I found out Dawne Dominique was going to do the artwork for me and Mimi’s novel, Beautiful Monster, I was thrilled. After all, you don’t always get much say in the matter. You are the author, not the cover art designer, and therefore, you have to trust the people who do artwork as their profession to do a good job with your book. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen.

I am happy to say that when I first saw the artwork for Beautiful Monster, I was totally stoked. If I drank at all, I would have gone out and bought the biggest bottle of champagne (or vodka, or whiskey, or gin) that I could have gotten my hands on. Mimi was as pleased with it as I was. There he was… my character, staring me in the face. It was a bigger rush for me, oddly, than being accepted for publication. I suppose because seeing the cover art for the first time made the whole thing seem real.

There was one thing wrong, though. In all our excitement, we overlooked the fact that Sterling (my character) has striking blue eyes. It probably would not have been a huge deal, except that we made several references to the fact in the novel.

At first, I thought it best to just let it be. I worried that it might be too late to fix anyway. You get to see a few drafts of the artwork before signing off on the official completed draft, and after that, it’s out of your hands… and we already gave the okay for the cover art to go out the way it was. I couldn’t quit wishing we could change Sterling’s eyes though, and after giving it more thought, I decided to e-mail Dawne and ask her if it was too late for any alterations.

Dawne got back to me within twenty minutes (cuz she’s cool as hell like that) and said that had I waited another few days, it would have been too late, but that as it was, she could make the change. She sent me copy of the new cover, complete with Sterling’s new eyes, and I couldn’t be happier with it. So without further ado, here he is… new and improved:

P.S. ~ Beautiful Monster will be available by Damnation Books, LLC on September 1, 2012. Also, come back to read the upcoming interview with our cover artist, Dawne Dominique!


One of the most awesome things that has happened to me in my writing journey, aside from being accepted for publication of course, has been seeing the cover art of my book. For some reason, I didn’t expect this to be as exciting as it was.

After Mimi and I were told our book Beautiful Monster was being accepted for publication, we were sent some Author Information Forms. Along with tax forms and the contract, this consisted of questions about the book such as who we would like to acknowledge, who we would like to dedicate the book to, and finally, some information about the story for the cover artist to look at in order to create a fitting book cover. We answered questions about the general mood of our story and the physical descriptions of our main characters, then we had to let go of it, trusting the artist to do whatever he or she saw fit. This wasn’t too difficult for me to do as I knew all along that cover art design is not my job and is best left to the professionals of that field who know how to market and what will sell.

It turns out our cover artist is a woman by the name of Dawne Dominque, who has some very good artwork under her belt, and we couldn’t have been more pleased when, a few days after sending off our Author Information Sheets, we were contacted by her and shown a draft of what she would like to do with our cover. There was my character, Sterling Bronson, half man and half “Fiend” just like he is in the story, staring back at me. It was surreal. Above him were the words, “Beautiful Monster,” and just under that, the most exciting thing of all: my name and Mimi’s name. I couldn’t stop looking at it.

We gave Dawne our feedback, smoothed out a few details, and once it was all official and we were given permission to post and share the cover art, I set it as the wallpaper of my phone and my computer, and have shown it to anyone who is willing to look! This has been one of the most amazing things about this whole process for me.

I think it’s fair to say that I’m pretty much addicted to this whole writing thing. It hasn’t always been fun ~ in fact, it has come with an awful lot of pain and disappointment… and I’m certain there’s plenty more of that as well… but the ups have made the downs well worth it. It’s the little things, like seeing your very own character on the cover of your very own book, that make this whole writing thing worth the wait, worth the disappointments, and worth the hard work. I have a lot of hard work ahead of me in writing yet… but I’m optimistic I also have a few more great moments like the ones I’ve recently had!

And… just because I’m still giddy as a schoolgirl about it, here is the book cover! Again!

P.S. ~ Keep coming back to see more great authors. I have upcoming interviews with Tamara Thorne, Sarah Langan, Dan Wells, Patricia Scanlan, Christopher Moore, Elaine Viets, Maeve Binchy, and Michael Craft!