Yesterday, I received the almost final files for the cover and the interior of "The Deliverers: Sharky and the Jewel". My friend, Ana Vogel, who laid out the book, sent it over to review. I'm currently reviewing it, which is why this post is late and short.
Actually, that's not entirely true. The main reason that this post is late and short is that we had a tag sale yesterday and today, and me, my wife and my inlaws all had to clean up. Then, I wound up playing taxi driver (parents out there, you know how that goes) to my kids who both had events to go to, each on the opposite side of town.
But I digress. The main point is that I'm one step closer to getting the finished book in my hot little hands. After I review the proof that Ana sent me, and email her with any changes I feel need to be made, she's going to send me the final, final proof. I will then submit this to CreateSpace. Six weeks later, I'll get a proof from them to review, and then we should be good to go.
So, I'll probably be a little late for the Christmas rush, but right on time for the Martin Luther King Day shopping season!
Let me tell you how getting the email from Ana felt. She sent it to my home and work email. I was at work. I decided to open the cover first. This was the first time I'd seen the whole cover--front, back and spine. I was so excited. It was beautiful. I got up and was pacing around my office with excitement, unable to scream for fear of freaking out the entire building (we've had a couple minor emergencies at work in the past month).
So I called one of the people I work with in, and we looked at the cover. She loved it. I called my boss in, and she loved it. Everyone loved it. Everyone I've shown it to has loved it. Nothing impresses people like a good book cover. Now I know you can't judge a book by it's cover, but a good one will encourage people to take a look at what's inside. Hopefully, that's when they'll be hooked.