Cover Design For Monkey Love and Murder
The cover for Monkey Love and Murder arrived today. I’ve been sitting with it awhile, not sure how I feel. I don’t hate it, which is helpful, as I don’t think I have much say in changing it at this point. I’ll probably just have to let it sink in a bit longer. I do like the texture…and it does fit the mystery.
I had a similar feeling when I found out the book was finally going to be published—not so much joy as, oh s*@t this means people might actually read it now. Judge it. What if they hate it? Worse, what if they think, All those years and this is it? Then during the editing process I began to worry about all the things I’d gotten wrong, mistakes I could no longer change.
It was a surprising feeling after trying to get the book published for so many years. And annoying that I couldn’t enjoy it right away. I began to see how artists become neurotic and needy.
But I read the book again, after over a year or more since I’d last picked it up, and realized I did like it, regardless of the hundreds of agents who didn’t. And then I heard Jan Burke speak at a mystery conference. She mentioned that people get scientifically identifiable bursts of pleasure in pointing out others mistakes, so when readers gleefully point out problem areas in her books she just figures she’s spreading a lot of pleasure around the world.
I felt better. Who doesn’t want to spread pleasure around the world?
So feel free to chime in with comments on the cover—good and bad. Also, I have the publishing date: January 16, 2013. Mom and Aunt Mary, you get signed copies as a birthday gift. Everyone else must buy! And leave nice ratings on Amazon…and like my Facebook page…and website…all coming soon.