Things That I Am Doing Today
1) Watching the rain.
Seriously, this is an exciting thing to do. Rain is kind of mesmerizing. Also I like the tippity-tappity on the rooftop. And drinking tea. Mm, tea.
2) Answering emails
I am bad at this. Fact.
3) Picking recipes for dessert
Chocolate cookies? Brownies? Chocolate cake? The choices are LIMITLESS. I mean, as long at there’s chocolate. Which isn’t a limit, it’s a lifestyle.
Things That I Was Supposed to Do Last Week and Didn’t
1) Write a post about my book’s release
Oh, HEY. I wrote a book! And it got published! And I meant to blog about the release date! And I didn’t!
Well, I have this really weird affliction called shyness. I KNOW. It means I kind of want to hide under the covers whenever anyone talks about something I did. (Okay, fine, I’m actually an extrovert and I like talking about other people’s stuff. I am a pro at that. I considered being a therapist for approximately eighteen seconds, and then I realized I would inevitably end up stealing from clients lives and inserting them into stories, and then I would be sued, and really, who has that kind of time/money?)
But I’m not very good at talking about myself in public forums. Still, I did write a little about Rush Me elsewhere on these here interwebs:
Like in an interview with the very nice people at USA Today.
And in a blog post about being a fish-out-of-water over at my lovely publisher, Carina Press.
And another on the Harlequin blog: On Rush Me, “Girls” and being an unpaid intern in NYC.
And, you know, if you’re feeling super interested, you should go buy Rush Me, which happens to be cheaper than coffee at the moment. Amazon and Barnes and Noble have it on sale for $2.51. And it’s only 17c more at Carina Press (which, let’s be honest, is where y’all should really buy it from because then I get higher royalties. Is it awkward to admit that? Think of it as donating to a starving artist!) It’s also available at Kobo and Itunes.
To everyone who has been so supportive and positive about my release, thank you so much! You’re awesome!
When I find out my editor’s over at the Harlequin Blog talking about my book:
And then I feel like I should chip in and I’m all Promotion! I will slay you!
But then I’m like, maybe I should actually be in my writing cave managing my puppets:
Except everything goes out the window when I realize the next episode of my bad tv show is on Hulu:
GUYS. I have an announcement! I’m so excited!
So I have been sitting on my cover for approximately FOREVER (I count in dog years) and I finally get to share it with you. This morning, my cover was revealed over at RT Book Review, and now I’m sharing it here.
There’s a whole long process to designing covers, most of which has nothing to do with me. I pick the title (which was an adventure in and of itself) and I provide the synopsis and character descriptions, but mostly I just sit back and wait.
And then, one day months after I sent in my Cover Art Fact Sheet, I got an email. With an image.
ARE YOU READY?
I am so, so happy with how this cover came out. New Adult wasn’t even a thing when Carina acquired my manuscript, so I wasn’t sure what direction they would take the cover in. Pastels? A guy in a football uniform? I had no idea. So I held my breath while the image downloaded, and let out an incredibly relieved sigh and then did a happy dance when I loved it.
Covers are incredibly important. That whole don’t judge a book by it’s cover? GUESS WHAT. People do. There are Goodreads lists devoted to covers with the most beautiful ball gowns or models; Tumblrs devoted to wretched covers; websites devoted to themes on young adult covers.
Actually, that last one is really fascinating. You should check it out. And what IS with Madame Guillotine attacking covers these days? It’s kind of like how parents get written out of YA books. Though not in New Adult books. Oh, no. The parents are there in full force.
(You might be sitting there and being like, hey, Allison. I have no idea what New Adult covers usually look like. Don’t worry! The Goodreads New Adult Contemporary list has you covered.
Interesting, right? Lots of blues & blacks and blacks & whites. Makes me want to write up an anthropology paper on covers, but I won’t, because I have Book 2 due soon).
While a bad cover wouldn’t make me ignore a book, a good cover can make me pick it up and check out the back copy. Covers also work as fly by identifiers: readers can often tell the genre, targeted age, and sometimes even protagonist and place without ever picking the books up.
New Adult covers have a very definite feel to them: dark, sleek, edgy (like my life). Romantic, because they’re usually romance novels. And without much of a background, because people often see these covers for the first time while browsing online, and that means potential buyers only see a thumbnail image. At such a small size, it’s easy for the detail on a larger cover to get lost, or worse, to turn the cover into a muddled mess.
But look how beauteous my thumbnail image is! The title pops, the couple is clear, and look how nice the colors are against that black and white. I’m very, very happy, and I hope you like it, too.