Cover Art Update: Dragon’s Rook

17 Oct

From prior experience as an associate editor, I knew the publishing process isn’t quick, but I could always sit back and wait for other folks to finish their parts of the project — proofing, typesetting (text formatting), cover art and design, and so on — while I moved on to editing other novels.

As an independent author, however, all those steps rely on me or on folks I hire on or harass until they give in. (Well, not harass. Exactly.)

One such person is Suzan Troutt, who has been stepping beyond her usual artistic and fiscal endeavors to take pity on a friend and design a book cover. She did the original artwork, as well.

Below is the latest incarnation, still featuring Scur Dragonking’s eye:

c2014, Suzan Troutt

c2014, Suzan Troutt

Once the final decision is made about the cover, the only holdup is me and my learning curve. I still need to compose the summary and the author bio, and compile the table of contents. That’s all for the e-book; there will be back cover artwork and a few other items for the paperback edition, coming later.

A friend pointed me to an article by Nina Munteanu at Amazing Stories: “When Do You Know Your Story Is Finished?”:

George Lucas once said in an interview about the remaking of Star Wars that in the film industry, projects were never finished; only abandoned. What he meant by this was that at some point in the creative and revision process of polishing a story, you have to stop and show it to the world. Let your baby walk and stand on its own.

This is a big step for all beginning writers and many will freeze. Terrified at the idea of failure or censure, they end up sabotaging their own work. If you’re emotionally or psychologically not ready for the consequences of getting published, then you will falter, procrastinate, forever fuss over your creations and convince yourself that it isn’t ready. In truth, it’s you who aren’t ready.

Gotta confess. That’s me.

Procrastination doesn’t afflict only rookies. Writing, in one form or another, has been a part of my life since elementary school — essays, interviews, freelance newspaper articles, book reviews, poetry, short stories — but this is the first one of my novels has dared show itself to the world. What should have happened in July is still unfinished in October. My goal is to overcome any self-inflicted setbacks and get this thing published by the end of the month.


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7 responses to “Cover Art Update: Dragon’s Rook

  1. Peter Stone, author of 'Forager'

    October 17, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Hi Keenan,
    The eye with the rook looks fantastic. Just a question, though – will you be leaving the background plain gray? What about a leather-ish background like this?

    Kind Regards

  2. Keanan

    October 17, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Peter, that’s an awesome idea! Thanks!

    Someone had suggested a subtle dragon-scale pattern, maybe tone-on-tone, but I like the look of the leather.

    • Peter Stone, author of 'Forager'

      October 18, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      Hey Keenan
      Just type “book cover” in shutterstock and a hole heap of them pop up. Too many too choose from perhaps, LOL

      • Keanan

        October 19, 2014 at 1:25 pm

        Peter, being less than well-heeled at the moment, I took some photos of my brother and sister-in-law’s furniture. The result is pretty cool. Suzan is even now tweaking what will be the final design, but the leather background already looks awesome. Thanks again for the suggestion. 🙂

  3. Olivia Berrier

    October 17, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Really cool cover!! Ride that wave of motivation 🙂

    • Keanan

      October 17, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      Thanks! I will.

  4. bethhammond

    October 17, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Very nice, I like the leather or dragon scale suggestion too!


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