From Imagination To Publication

Friday, December 16, 2011

Live.Laugh.Love...Did I mention Oppression has a cover?!

You know those weeks where everything just keeps getting better and better? This was one of those weeks. The main reason being that I got a first look at the preliminary cover of Oppression! If you follow me anywhere else, you probably already know that. I've been blabbing the news everywhere I can because I'm so dang excited I can't stand it. No matter how many people say, "don't judge a book by its cover," everyone does. The cover is what makes you pick up a book and buy it. It has to be good, and every author's fear is that it won't be, that it won't do their book justice.

Thankfully ZOVA Books isn't like most publishers. They listened to me. They took my suggestions and ideas and worked their magic making it their own. Most authors don't get final say on the cover, some don't get any say. You hold your breath and take what your publisher gives you. Of course you can whine and kick and cry and scream if you hate it, but for me there will be none of that. I absolutely LOVE the cover. I don't think I'll ever forget the feeling I had when I saw that email in my inbox and clicked on the attached photo. For me it was the moment that would make or break all the hard work and love I put into the book, the first impression, the face of the novel that everyone would see and judge. I had no idea what to expect. When the picture came into view, my jaw hit the floor. It was perfect. Brilliant. Better than I could have ever imagined.

I still can't stop staring at it. They NAILED it. I am SO HAPPY!

Stay tuned for the cover reveal! Hopefully that will be soon. I'll keep you posted.

What good things are happening in your life? Whether Christmas related, family related, or writing related, what has brought you happiness this week or month?


  1. It is important! and therefor I am SO happy that you love your cover. Being happy with you :-)

  2. Oh I can't wait to see it!!!! Yay! How exciting!

  3. Yay for a cover, I can't wait to see it! I've seen and heard some cover horror stories, so I'm glad they were willing to work with you!

    What has brought me happiness this week? The fact that I got to finally make some cookies last night. Nothing is going as planned or hoped, sadly . . .

  4. Show the cover! Show the cover! Can't wait. 'grats. As for happiness, by the end of the weekend I should be done with my brand new writing space.

  5. I can't wait to see the cover! How exciting! :)

  6. -screams-

    AHHH! Dying to see the cover!!

  7. That's awesome, Jessica! You are so right about that panicky feeling that writers get when they think about what type of cover will be slapped on their baby. It makes all the difference these days what kind of cover a book has on it too. Happy for you =)

  8. Aloha Jessica,

    Sounds like a big relief and a weight off your mind:)

    Congrats, and can't wait to see it:)

  9. Congrats! I'm so excited for you, and I can't wait to see it. (I love book covers!) You're so lucky to have an awesome publisher.

    My good thing: I spent the day with my little baby niece. She's so cute! And she doesn't cry when I hold her anymore, so yay for that. ;)

  10. Congratulations. It's such a great feeling when everything fits and is just right. I agree: show the cover.

  11. Such a tease!
    I know exactly what you mean about covers, and it's so true. The house could be wonderful but if it has no curb appeal, no one will stop to see it.
    Can't wait to see that cover.
    Take care,


  12. Way to make me totally excited to see it...and you're not even showing it to us yet!! Bah! Haha ;)