This is where I have the pleasure of revealing my book’s beautiful cover design. It is the result of much deliberation and creative brainstorming to envisage what visuals best represent the story, while also appealing to the right audience and catching the eyes of booksellers! I had no idea that so many factors must be considered before we land on a final cover design. As with so much of this publishing process, I am a sponge, soaking up the learnings to be had along the way.
This version of the cover may still change a little. Tweaks to allow space for a copy line or an endorsement, that kind of thing. But for the most part, this is what she will look like when she hits bookshelves in June this year. And voila:
Pre-order a copy
That’s right! You can actually pre-order a copy right now. If you want to be one of the first people to get your hands on this book, feel free to click this link right HERE and do that.
I’m expecting to see some ARCs very soon. That’s Advanced Reading Copies. They look just like the real deal, but will still have some errors throughout, as the final proofreader’s edits haven’t been enacted. These ARCs are distributed to create some buzz. Hopefully they will result in some well-known, well-followed people saying some really nice things about The Secrets of the Huon Wren, prompting the multitudes to add it to their TBR lists! Also, and most importantly, ARCs are to help booksellers get excited about it and order copies for their shelves.
For me, my next job will be reading through those proofreader markups and making changes. It will be the last time I read it through before it goes to print proper. So yeah, a fair bit of pressure. I’ll also be pulling together my acknowledgements page and other bits and pieces that enhance the reading experience.
Thank you for all your love and support. I’ve just shared the cover image on my social media pages and am swimming in a sea of encouragement. It is so very much appreciated. If you haven’t already joined me on this publishing journey in some way, consider this your personal invitation. You can subscribe to this blog (just enter your email below) to make sure you don’t miss any of the action. You can also follow me on Instagram (@clairevanryn) and Facebook (@clairevanryn.writer).
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