Well, never, ever, in my entire lifetime did I imagine a book of mine would be published with a flag merrily waving on the cover (even if the flag is sort of broken looking, like this one).
I received the cover image and book galleys this morning from Donna at Paladin Press and Peder Lund, esteemed Paladin publisher, called before 8:00 a.m. to caution me not to “go wild” when I saw the unspecified “attention-getting” thing he and artist Bob were doing with the art. LOL. I never “go wild” with publishers. I figure they know what they’re doing, and even if they don’t, the world isn’t going to come to an end. (Besides, although I hear tales of Artistes who are difficult to work with — and I know some of those very Artistes, myself, I’m so damn grateful that anybody publishes my work that I can’t imagine getting upset at anything a publisher does.) Although the cover isn’t what I’d have chosen, it’s a grabber and I think it’s good for a Paladin audience. And the book layout is great.
Also — to my surprise — the FedEx man came parading into my yard today with the first 10 boxes of Hardyville Tales. So give me a couple of days to set up to take orders … and then SEND MONEY.
Send lots and lots of money. Aside from the move-in/fix-up house expenses and the vehicle break-down disaster from my moving trip, I think my refrigerator is going out. (ONE DAY after I pay the last of the big moving expenses, the freezer compartment suddenly and mysteriously defrosts.)
More later. Today I’m beat from proofreading galleys and lugging book boxes. But what a nice kind of being beat. Two books at once. Can’t really get over it …