I recently received the mockup for my book cover. There is something powerfully satisfying about seeing the front of your book. You can then visualize the prospective reader saying, "Ah, this looks like my kind of book." Or maybe the reader says, "Don't know this author, but the cover caught my eye."
For those of you who have some preconceived ideas of how this works, let me dispel those. First, you do not form an intimate relationship with the book cover artist where he/she knows your every thought about the story and what essence you want captured. I haven't had telephone conversations, exchanged emails, nor met the cover artist. We are strangers. Second, the cover artist probably hasn't read my book. I'm guessing about this one, but I'd wager I'm correct. I filled out a form with details about the story and characters that would help the graphic artist create a cover without being buried underneath a to-be-read pile.
So, what are the chances of getting the perfect cover? I haven't won the lottery yet, and I figured perfection might have the same odds. I was wrong. JACKPOT.
I am extremely excited about revealing the cover to you. Once I have the final image, you'll be the first to see it. Well, maybe not the first since I had to show it to my family. I hope you'll love it as much as I do. Unless you're not a reader...and you don't really care about book covers. Here's a funny conversation with one person who shall remain unnamed. I'll just use the names P1 and P2.
P1: "What do you think about the cover? If you saw this in a bookstore, would you buy it?"
P2: "Because I don't read."
P1: "Okay, nevermind. If you saw this DVD in the movie store, would you rent it?"
P2: "Who's in it?"
P1: "It doesn't matter who is in it. Nevermind."