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I'm excited to share the goosebump moment every writer hopes for—LOVING their new book cover. After countless hours—maybe years, possibly even decades spent writing and editing your manuscript—you hold your breath as you open that email, praying to all that is holy that the JPEG face your publisher has created for your book baby has the right look and feel.Introducing the final Beautiful Writers cover (pub date, summer 2022). I couldn’t love her more. I think my publisher, BenBella Books, got it right, and I hope you agree.You never know how you’re going to feel about your cover. Putting a visual on all those many words, encapsulating the essence of what’s inside—your book’s personality in a single image—that’s a big job with high stakes. We all know not to judge a book by its cover, but can we help ourselves?I’ve received covers I adored and others I hated. And I’ve never been more blown away by a publisher’s artistry. I shouldn’t have been surprised—in our interactions with BenBella, my agent and I have been consistently awed by their skill, organization, and enthusiasm. But cover art can be a scary thing.Sometimes publishers get it right. Very right, right away. Sometimes it takes many iterations. And in other instances, yuck. An author rarely has the final say on their cover from a contractual standpoint, and some authors aren’t even consulted. (Fortunately, most publishers are very good at what they do—and even “ugly” covers have hit the lists, so it’s a crapshoot.)My first house sent me something like 25+ cover samples for #LivesCharmed, none of which felt right. It got to the point where I’d call my editor laughing, and he’d join me. “I know. I know,” he’d say. To read the rest of the story (and my big realization), go to today’s #bookmama blog: https://bit.ly/3C0XoJB#beautifulwritersbook ... See MoreSee Less
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Happy lazy Sunday. 🐴🧡 #arizonamoon🌜

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@MsTerryMcMillan Hottie! ❤️

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Wrote something that surprised me. The writer is the last to know.

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@MsTerryMcMillan Ha! Love when that happens.

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