I have been so thrilled with the reaction to the cover of my new psychological suspense so I thought I'd jot a few notes on how we got here. Title and design-wise, I mean.
When I wrote the first draft of this novel, it had a different working title. It wasn't quite right and I knew that from the off. I was thrilled when my literary agent's first reaction to the book was 'Wow!' but not at all surprised that she added....'but it will need a new title, Teresa'!
No pressure then...
Titles and covers are so very important to the success of a book so while I did some revisions ahead of submission, I played with various title options and it was at the eleventh hour that I suddenly came up with this one.
It fits the book perfectly so I was delighted when not only my agency loved it but my new publisher (Thomas and Mercer) did too.
Next big hurdle....the cover. It is always an exciting but also tense moment when you are sent the cover of your book for feedback. You want to love it but there is this little frisson of fear too. What if you don't?! So I cannot begin to tell you how relieved and delighted I was to click on the file and see THIS absolute beauty.
It not only reflects the story so well but uses the title very cleverly indeed. The designer played for a while with the hues and shadows until everyone felt it was absolutely spot on. I couldn't be more thrilled with it and am very grateful to all the bloggers, readers and friends for all the lovely comments and shares this week.
I've now finished the editing process on this manuscript so cannot wait for it to go out into the world. It's published on October 1 but is available to pre-order now in e-book, paperback and audio versions. Just click on the image to find out more about the story..
I am embarrassed to see how long it has been since my last blog but I hope you will forgive me as I explain how crazy busy my writing life has been of late.
Turns out the life of an author under contract is a hectic one…and I’m making no complaint about that. I'm loving it! That said, it has been pretty full on keeping on top of all my deadlines so here’s a quick recap of all I’ve been up to.
The main challenge in recent months has been editing my debut psychological suspense I Am Watching You while also working on the first draft of my second psych suspense as I needed to get the latter in by the end of May.
Juggling work on two books at the same time is probably the biggest shock to a new author under contract but I’m getting the hang of it finally.
The good news is the proof read of I am Watching You is pretty much done and dusted. I’m SO proud of this new book and I should be able to share the cover very soon. Exciting!
I have also now had terrific feedback on the second book in the deal (phew…always scary to hand in a new book) and have this weekend started editing that second psych suspense…so here we go again, folks!
Meantime I have just accepted an invitation to give a talk and Q&A session at Plymouth Central Library to launch I am Watching You.
The book is out on October 1 (ebook, paperback and audio) but we have decided to stage the event on Wednesday October 11th at 7pm to tie in with Libraries Week.
Regular blog readers will know I am a big supporter of our wonderful local libraries. I have had so much fun staging writer workshops at libraries around Devon but this is my first event in conjunction with Plymouth Libraries so I am really looking forward to it.
Do pop the date in your diary. I understand the event will be free so I’ll post a link on how to reserve tickets as soon as that’s available
Meantime enjoy your own writing and watch this space. Cover reveal for my new book coming very soon!!!
Teresa Driscoll - journalist, author, mother of two and lover of great coffee.