I will frequently discuss the importance of avoiding the literary vacuum. There is something great about having a team of people around you to rely on. In the past few months I’ve had the opportunity to rely on beta-readers, my writing group, my artist and photographer and I’m sure the list will continue to grow. They’re invaluable in the process it takes to get a book from conception to creation. They’re also extremely important to your sanity. Tell your cover illustrator that you need a book cover design during the height of convention season and while she’s drowning in a sea of work and you’ll get snark. In an exchange I asked, “Could you do the cover? For tomorrow? Please?” I should have known that an illustrator would retaliate in only the most hilarious of manners.
On a happy note, she got the sentiment of my future cover just the way I want it.
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