I both love and hate this moment in the writing process. As an author, we spend months and months in the pages of our books and become so close to these characters. We long for the day when people will read our work and hope that they will fall in love with our 'made up lands' as much as we have.
So attempting to chose a calling card that can convey the feeling of the book is so difficult. With my previous books, each has been a different experience in how I worked with the designer as well as the amount of choices they have time to come up with (as this takes many hours on their part).
For Cool Side of the Pillow, ASD Publishing has done something different in running an online contest with a company that works with designers all over the world. What an experience it has been! You give them the synopsis and a design brief and they run with it. The amount of different designs was just amazing. Sixteen designers gave over 80 entries (many of those were changes to their original concepts) and it was overwhelming and yet awesome! I saw things through their eyes I would never have seen. You can check out the top 4 here (and even weigh in on the poll) as the finalists are still making last minute changes we have requested to their designs.
Those that read my work know I love to write in many different genres. This new book has humor, a little intrigue, marital and parental issues - and all told through the first person voice of a stay at home dad. So the designers had their work cut out for them to attempt to convey all our protagonist is going through.
I can't wait until we share the winner with everyone! In the meantime, here is the synopsis on the book and I hope you all look forward to it's release later next month.
Zachery Kleinmann lives in the elite world of New Canaan, Connecticut and has left his accounting job four years earlier to be a modern stay-at-home father. But as his son is starting preschool, his wife is passionately involved in her own career, and Zach is knocking on forty years old, he begins to wonder how he will find his own serenity and define himself moving forward. Enter Ginger Charman, an eccentric, free living children's theater actress who has dedicated her life to bringing joy to children and keeping all those around her young at heart. As Zach is pulled into her world and discovers secrets about his new friend, he is not sure he'll ever be able to leave the rabbit hole once he has fallen through - or if he'll even want to venture outside of it again.