More big news today!
First, my new website! Just look at these gorgeous colors! The lovely and talented Tessa Elwood over at iPop Color redesigned it to match the NEW COVER of TIME BETWEEN US. What do you think? Isn’t she amazing? And… just wait until you see the book site she’s created, because that one is simply over the top. I’ll unveil it when we get closer to an event called…
I am so honored to be part of the impressive collection of events Disney Publishing Worldwide has planned for this amazing show. If you’re there, please stop by the booth and say hello!
In more book news: It’s live. The official Fall 2012 Catalog is here, and my little book is actually listed in it! As if it’s going to be a real live book. Can you believe that? Because most days, I can’t.
Speaking of feeling real, TIME BETWEEN US is officially up on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble (complete with shiny new cover, just added over the weekend). You’ll be able to find it on Indiebound and Powell’s Books very soon.
Before I go, I just wanted to thank you everyone for the kind words about the cover the amazing Hyperion designers created. I’m so thrilled with it, and we were all so ecstatic to get such positive feedback last week. Things are really starting to get fun now! The first ARC’s should be here any day, and if that doesn’t convince me that all of this is really happening, I don’t know what will.
I could go on and on about how it feels to spend years in a solitary world with your fictional characters, enjoying their company immensely, and wishing someone else—just one other person—really knew them like you did.
I could spend pages and pages telling you how mind-blowing it is when you find that person in your editor, and suddenly these characters are no longer rattling around in your own head, but the topic of many, many discussions. And as the two of you work together to bring them to life on the page, they’re becoming more real than they ever were before she came along.
I could then tell you how incredible it is when the aforementioned editor calls to tell you they’ve found “the perfect Anna” for the cover—strong, capable-looking and naturally beautiful—and you trust her completely because you know she knows. Of all people, Lisa Yoskowitz knows. And you’re honored and tickled when she asks you to help shop for clothes for the photo shoot.
I could try to describe seeing the cover for the first time. How it feels when you can’t quite catch your breath because a character who once a figment of your own imagination just came to life before your eyes. And she is the perfect Anna. And her entire story has been magically captured in a single image.
I could do all those things… but I shouldn’t, right?
Because that age-old piece of writing advice, “show don’t tell”, is probably popping into your head right about now.
And I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a bit antsy.
Forgive me. I tend to be long-winded when I’m bursting out of my skin.
Let’s just show it, shall we?
This is the cover of TIME BETWEEN US:
The cool thing is that my editor isn’t the only person on the Hyperion team who completely gets these characters and this story. The brilliant and talented cover designer, Whitney Manger, is clearly another.
And I love absolutely everything about the beautiful cover Whitney designed.
I love how Anna is holding her arms.
I love the look on her face. She looks contemplative, but you can see tenacity there too. So Anna.
I love that beautiful space between the two of them.
I love how Bennett is walking toward her—no, wait, is he walking away from her? Toward her? Holy cow, that’s cool.
I love Anna’s Möbius strip pendant, a subtle wink to the original title. My editor surprised me with it because she is that wonderful.
Okay, I’ll stop talking now.
Because it’s your turn, and I’m just dying to hear what you think!
And because I have to go plaster this image on anything that will stand still so I can have swag and give lovely things away.
What do you think?
I had the great honor of compiling a post to recognize some of The Apocalypsies‘ Valentines! Stop by the blog and meet the big-hearted, insanely supportive people who make our worlds go ’round. Including, my valentine, of course:
Mike has been my valentine for 19 years, and I can’t imagine my life without him. Thank you for everything, Mike. I love you.