Happy Friday, friends! For all those who aren't on social media/didn't see it/stumbled here accidentally and have no idea who I am, it's cover reveal week for my next book baby! Without further ado, I give you...
A dark retelling of Swan Lake ~ Calandra is happiest when she’s surrounded by quiet, joined only by a book and a cup of tea, never around people and their insufferable need to make small talk. When Nicodemus, a magus with immense power, joins the royal court of Invarnis, Calandra’s life will change forever. As a terrible curse pursues her through the centuries, Calandra will have to overcome captivity, war, and loss.
In this standalone installment, set in Dana Fraedrich’s Broken Gears universe, readers will join Calandra in her battle for freedom, hope, and healing.
Whew! Cover reveals are always a little harrowing. Like, not only is the face of your latest book baby being revealed to the world - you know, the thing people will definitely judge it by (no matter what the old adage says) - but there's a whole slew of other things that have to be done once the cover's been revealed. At least, that's how I roll. I'd be interested to know if any of my fellow indie authors do this differently. Let me know in the comments below.
So, for me, once the cover goes up, I set up pre-orders in Amazon. I know I could do this before the cover reveal and just have a "cover coming soon" graphic up there instead, and maybe I will with future books, but that's not my process at the moment. To me, setting up a Kindle book is super easy. Writing book descriptions is the hardest part of that because, honestly, how do you encapsulate your book into an exciting, hooky 500-ish word blurb without giving anything away? I'll tell you how I do it in a new blog post a few weeks from now. Anyway, setting up the book in CreateSpace for the paperback, however, is an entirely different story (no pun intended). And being able to do paperback preorders? I wrote a long, technical, but very helpful and comprehensive blog post about how to do that here. Seriously, I've referenced it for setting up both Raven's Cry and Into the Fire, and I've never been more pleased with past-Dana than when I'm following that guide. For that, of course, you need a paperback version cover. And you, you lucky reader you, get to see here it for the first time ever! Here's the paperback cover (back blurb is still a WIP).
Squeeeeeeeee! Now that you've seen the book from all sides, I'd love to hear what you think in the comments below. Now there's pre-release marketing to do (also a future blog post) and ARC readers and hopefully even an eventual hardback version through Ingramspark (if I succeed, I'll do a post on that too). Oh yeah, and I have to finish edits on the book too. I feel like I've got a pretty good start, but I'm still looking at all the things to get done in the vast distance between now and May 1st. I'll be doing some helpful how-to posts during my journey in the upcoming weeks and months, so stay tuned! In the meantime, thanks so much for reading!