Thursday, April 28, 2016
Each of the five stories in the Five Magic Spindles collection starts with its own title page, and mine arrived today! When I wrote this story, I entertained no hope that my story about alien tomb robbers would make it into the collection of "Sleeping Beauty" retellings, but I still allowed myself to daydream about a title page. When I unexpectedly won, the title page was the prize I was most excited for. What sort of image would a publisher choose to represent my story?
Now I know, and it's surprisingly perfect. They've made Tanza, my main character, come to life. The alert, tough, no-nonsense stance, the practical clothes, the pockets bulging with supplies--that little silhouette is entirely recognizable to her author. And the plants around the border! No spoilers, but a few key scenes involve areas with lots of plants, and I'm so delighted they made it to the cover. My biggest fear was that publishers would look at a sci-fi story and make a cover with a very "outer space" feel, but the plants keep it grounded. To me, at least, this cover gives a great representation of my futuristic adventure story.
Take a look at the other covers on Facebook. They're all fantastic. Our stories cover such a wide variety of settings and genres, yet the covers all keep a coherent style while showing off the individual stories.
Well, that's enough flailing. I have editing to do. This title page needs a story to go behind it!