I just spent two days in beautiful Sonoma. OK, it wasn’t exactly like the photograph mainly because I was there alone, but I did stand in the middle of that particular beautiful mineral pool with steam all around me and it was wonderful. Sorry, I digress.
With Call Me Emily on the way to publication there were many decisions to be made and Sonoma is where my In Design guru hangs her hat. We started with fonts. Fonts, really fonts. Then there were more fonts. Seriously, there’s a lot of fonts out there. There were dozens for the cover title. Then after narrowing those down, there were dozens for the content. You get the picture. That’s how it went…and for many hours. Luckily for me I had a dream several weeks ago where I saw the cover. I saw that font in my dream and we found that same font. Check, title done.
The book content was a little different. I wanted something simple and evidently there are so many simple fonts it can almost make you go blind. Again I narrowed it down and made a simple choice. I could go on about chapter title font, page number location, spacing and margins, but I want you to read my blog not fall asleep in front of it.
Then there is the cover art. Talk about painful. I would love to think with all the stock photography sites there would exist the perfect art. Oh how I was wrong. My protagonist Emily exists in my imagination and, of course, in the pages of the Emily series. She’s smart, sassy, cute and much to my dismay does not live in the eight million stock photos I just reviewed.
So I ask you, my readers, what next? It’s been suggested I find a model. That’s easy! Then there’s the problem of the other big item on the cover. It’s big, it’s turquoise and so far out of date it’s almost impossible to find. I don’t want to tell you what it is because I want your surprise when I find it.
I have my work cut out for me – and I never back down from a challenge. So here it goes. Wish me luck and feel free to comment with suggestions. You are all amazingly creative people with the world at your fingertips. If you have an idea, let’s hear it.