I’m so excited about the launch/re-launch of my series. Bonnie, the artist working on the covers and interior sketches, is absolutely fabulous and has created some magnificent work for book three. I can’t wait to see what she develops for the first two books. Having action-oriented covers and a handful of sketches was my original vision for the books, but I simply didn’t have the money to pay a professional for it. Now, I feel like there is an excellent visual representation of the prose that can draw in a wider audience base.
I’m hopeful that the writing itself will live up to the quality of the cover. Personally, I feel pretty good about it, but I’ve never been the best judge of my own writing. As the pivotal piece in the series, book three needs to be strong, and while I think it lives up to my ambition, there’s still lingering doubt in the back of my mind that I could’ve done a better job here and there of building tension and creating more drama. I’m my own worst critic and need to learn to wait on reader feedback before I start critiquing myself. Readers will tell me if I did a good job, and I need to be patient.
It will be pretty cool to see the first three books launched for the holiday season. While I’m nervous about being scrutinized by critics, I’m also hopeful to reach a much larger audience. The covers will get attention, and Seventh Star will get the word out to so many more people than I ever could alone. It’s an exciting time, and I’m grateful for the opportunities before me. Hopefully, I can get a few interviews lined up to help with the promotional efforts, and I’m going to try my very best to attend more conventions, even if just on Saturdays, to help Seventh Star market and promote.
Just a reminder, the current editions of books one and two will cease production within the next couple of weeks, so if you want to have copies of those, you have a very limited window to get them. Once the printer halts production, those versions will be pretty rare.