Isn't that exciting? I'm always happy when talk of my cover starts. It means I get to see something soon! I'm not artist with pencil, so I must create pictures with words. The cover designer and I were emailing back and forth this afternoon, getting all the details for this cover idea worked out. He's going to start a sketch to give to the artist soon!
I'm editing. Surprised?
Didn't think so.
I finished another round today, though, and I printed out the entire manuscript for the next stage of editing.
The read aloud.
Doesn't sound very ominous, but it is. My mother, the wonderful lady that she is, reads aloud every word in the book while I listen, ready to pounce on continuity errors, repeated words, etc. They're much easier to catch when the book is read aloud. It also forces the reader to be more careful and slow in their perusal of the novel.
I also worked on a 'Tip Sheet' for my publisher. I have to fill out one of these for each novel (so this is my second one). It is a document with information like the book's synopsis, my bio, who the book is targeted at, spiritual takeaway value, etc. I wrote that up today as well, so it's been a rather productive day.
My short book description (which will not be appearing on the back of the book, a different one will.):
It is 800 years in the future, and the world is being oppressed by the ruling class. Millions toil under the Nobles’ oppressive rule, but because of microchips implanted in their skulls at birth, there can be no uprising. Monica, a slave girl, escaped the chip-implantation process. She was able to infiltrate the Nobles’ security in one city and free the inhabitants of Cillineese, but will she be able to do the same in Cantral, where she must pretend to be her dying cousin, and infiltrate the nobles’ culture at its very core?