Bellica’s new cover

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So, I released a cover a while back that was still tugging at me, saying “No, no, I need more, preciousssssss.”  (Yeah, I don’t just have characters telling me what to do — I have covers as well.)

I realized it was missing green. I’d always envisioned Bellica as a green covered book, and then I designed this cover with no green on it (aside from some really dark shades of it in the picture on the front). Either I was high, or I was just so eager to get a cover out I didn’t take my time with it.

Now I have. And I have a new cover to show for it. Really, the same cover, just with some green. Behold:

This is just the front of the book. The black band that is behind the picture continues around the spine to the back cover, where it forms the background for the…synopsis. I think that’s what the thing on the back of the book is called.

Info on the picture: my model, Dana Kagis, is playing Yarrow, the main character. She stands resolute, her hand on her sword. We can’t see her eyes, but we know they are looking off into the distance, fixed on a future she may not wish for. The light through the trees suggests twilight — a liminal space, where anything might happen. She is on the threshold — after this moment, everything changes.

I’m pretty excited. I have just under 200 people requesting the book on its giveaway on GoodReads. By the 10th I should have the layout all done. And I’ve just discovered a really easy way to create eBooks! No more futzing around with the devil that is InDesign (ID is awesome for design for anything but eBooks — then it’s like living on the Hellmouth) — I can do eBooks directly from Scrivener. And they look pretty damn good, if I am careful with the formatting.

Now. Back to planning for November. I’ve got an outline for my NaNo novel — will wonders never cease for this hardcore pantser?

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