Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Trust the Experts

I've been getting a little anxious about the fantasy book, First Dragon, that has a release date in November. Though it's been on the coming soon page for a while, I haven't seen the cover art. I'm very excited about the book and wanted a cover that would give life to the characters in the book. I worried for nothing.

Two days ago the publisher sent be a choice of covers, nearly the same but with minor differences, and asked me which one I liked best. What a choice! They were both perfect, better than anything I imagined.

For my last romance book, my other publisher, my editor suggested a change of title. She explained the reasoning, and I gladly went with her idea. And the book sold great.

I'm busy writing the second book in The Morbunda Saga that will continue the epic fantasy introduced in First Dragon. I have a title but I'm not  completely sure of it. If my editor suggests a change, I'll be happy to agree. Because I'm learning to trust the people who are the experts.

When a writer puts her name on the bottom of that contract, she knows she's turning over a lot of control of her work to someone else. It's an easy decision for me with New Concepts Publishing. I've worked with them for a number of years and they've been in the business longer than most small presses. They were a leader in the ebook market way back in the beginning. That beautiful cover for First Dragon is going a long way in building my trust in that publishers also.

Have you had a publisher change a title of your work? Has a publisher ever given you a choice of cover art? How long before the release of your book did you receive your coverart?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Can't wait to see your cover! Is it up yet?
I get to see mine about six months before the release, which is cool.
My second book had no title when I sent it (is my publisher patient with me or what?) and I was happy when they suggested a title for it.

Lynn Proctor said...

as i have never had a book published, only articles---i am not sure how i would react to my writing being changed, but most of me thinks if i were paid enough, i could care less---that sounded horrible, didn't it----congrats on all of your success, susan!!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I'm not sure when the cover will be up, Alex. I would love to have had it six months ahead of time.
I'm much better at just going along when they change my work, Lynn, than I used to be. it's the trust thing.

Unknown said...

Oh I'm not there yet, but I bet seeing a cover on your baby just ties the whole experience together! How exciting. Congratulations.

mshatch said...

My publisher had me change my title, too. Luckily I didn't mind since I wasn't attached to the one I had plus the one I came up with (though it took me forever!) suits the story much better.

Gina Gao said...

I don't know how I'd react to my title being changed. But congrats about the book!

Unknown said...

Sounds like fun - looking forward to seeing the cover art once it's revealed!

vickyb said...

I've never had a publisher change a title, but have had them do weird things with my cover art. Good luck!

Carol Kilgore said...

Looking forward to your cover!