Aloha – Sometimes developing cover art for a book is as challenging as editing. I have been working for two months via email with the person who has done the covers for the first three books in the Demeter series, for book 4: Haumeah. It helps me better understand the challenges of the whispering game :o)
We’re finally to a satisfactory cover. It’s not exactly what I had in mind, but we’re up to close enough. Of course when a graphic artist is trying to visualize a story from perhaps half a chapter of information it makes sense that we would sometimes have challenges; especially when my artistic abilities in art are trying to make a stick figure.
The following was what I sent the artist on the third iteration:
Let’s see. (1) the domes are grounded inside the asteroid. (2) there are ways to walk between the domes, but they are buried. It actually comes up at one point where the locals find it humorous that visitors have to keep suiting up to move between the domes, when they actually have tunnels. These would not be visible from the surface.
I will say this for the artist, she is diligent and patient with me. The close enough art work is satisfying if not exactly what I had in mind.
We’re up to the verbiage for the back cover.
In book 4 of the Demeter series, William Ryder credited with saving Demeter from an alien invasion; building an alliance with the PerSians and now determined to set the Orion Spur free from the Ten Thousand Years War. The first step to his plan is to build an alliance with the hostile mining world of Haumeah, that also supports the second of three way-stations between the Perseus and Sagittarius Arms of the galaxy. But before that he has to face three unexpected challenges. Returning to Earth he has to learn how to drive a car, meet Cynthia’s father, and make a life altering decision.
I expect to release Haumeah on Amazon within the next two weeks.
Meanwhile, if you have not had a chance to read any of the Demeter series, the first three volumes are available as e-books on Amazon. You can read the first couple of chapters for free :o) Doc