This is me.
Ok. I admit, it really isn’t me but it adequately describes how I feel at the moment. Frazzled.
Yep, that’s a word.
In case you may not know, each November is NaNoWriMo or “National Novel Writing Month.” It’s when writers all over the U.S. get together and pledge to write a full length novel in 30 days. In order to reach this goal, there are write-ins, encouragements from established authors, sprint contests and an assortment of helpful tools. I have never participated but this year I wanted to try. My novel of choice – Rescuing Annabeth – Team Cerberus Book 2 (though in the reading order of the series, it is actually book 4).
Ya’ll! Seriously what was I thinking? I am not a “on schedule” kind of gal. I write when the muse hits me. That may be three weeks of nothing then two days of 10 hours each. But, I said I was going to do this and away I went. True to my nature, I had days I didn’t write anything, but staring at that bar hovering just under the point of “where you should be today” was killing me. So, I did a lot of spurts and in the end, I got it finished. TWO DAYS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE!
Now, here it is, a week later and I’ve busted my hiney to get it done and out to the editor (Hi Janet!) and my Beta readers (Hey Hannah and Holly). Next on the list – Artwork.
Now here is where the really frazzled part comes in. I did the covers for both Protecting Joselyn and Saving Olivia. They aren’t amazing, but I think I didn’t do too poorly on them. However, I wanted to get a nice one for Annabeth so I contacted my go-to person for artwork, Najla Qamar. (Ya’ll, if you haven’t seen her work, you are missing. The woman is Ah-may-zing!) Bad news – she’s booked solid until May. Annabeth is scheduled to come out January 23.
So, that means its up to me to pull something together. I spent hours going through stock photography and found nothing that called to me. You see, Annabeth is a very particular kind of girl. She’s a little curvy, a lot of sassy and is completely in love with her Navy SEAL. He’s big, buff, protective with surfer dude kind of looks where she’s soft, freckled, redhead. Nothing I saw came close to that.
Second round – ok, I think maybe I could photoshop the hair if I can find a curvy model that doesn’t look like she just got home from middle school. (Annabeth is early 30s) Please, no long Fabio hair for the man…
Third round – Come on. Surely there are pictures that could possibly do that don’t involve kilts, swords, or regency clothing.
Fourth round – I’ve given up hope on finding a perfect picture. Now, I’m ready to settle on “something that could possibly work if you squint your left eye and look at it very objectively or maybe with a couple of glasses of wine in you.” With that in mind, I think I may have found something.
I am so not a graphic artist. Seriously.
I’m going to fiddle around with this and see what I can come up with. If it goes as good as the last few weeks, Annabeth’s cover may be a big black field with the words “Rescuing Annabeth” on the front.
Either way, look for a cover reveal in the next few weeks. Rescuing Annabeth will be released on January 23 as a part of the mega release into Susan Stoker’s kindle world.