It's official. Broken But Not Dead went to press Friday. I sent awarding winning graphic artist and illustrator Juliet Flett a photograph of how I envisioned the cover and she came up with the end result. Thank you, Julie and Leanne. I love it.
If you don't already know, Julie is a Vancouver-based Metis artist, recipient of an award by the Canadian Native Arts Foundation Visual Arts Acquisition Program 1993. More recently she won the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize this year for her picture book, Owls See Clearly at Night: A Michif Alphabet (Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak lii Swer: L'alfabet di Michif) (Simply Read Books 2010).
On the right, Book Buzzr, you'll see the temporary cover for Broken But Not Dead. The reason for that is because when Theytus created their catalogue to send to bookstores, there was no time to come up with a permanent cover for my title, and they had to improvise. This happens occasionally and it is why you'll sometimes find an online novel has a different cover than the one in the bookstore. I wondered about that. Now I know.
Julie is also the sister of my editor Leanne Flett Kruger. We're keeping it in the family.
Yes! that's Gail Bowen's name near the bottom of the back cover above. YES! Gail Bowen, author of the Joanne Kilbourn series wrote the insert. One of my favourite all-time mystery authors! Wow!
I chose to self-publish my first novel, Dead Witness, despite the stigma of self-publishing. I knew I wouldn't be taken seriously in all circles, but that was okay. I also knew I'd written a good book. It's what led to Theytus buying my second one.
FYI. Definition of stress: Build a house, self-publish a novel or sell your second novel to a publishing house.
Theytus is respected and renowned for producing great books. Will I do right by them? A few people think so. Gail Bowen thinks so. And while that's great to know, it doesn't diminish the doubts. But I suspect doubt and fear come with the territory. I was raised to be seen but not heard. I was told never to blow my whole horn. Everything my parents taught me goes against what I'm now required to do as an author: promote myself.
So what should I do?
The first objective of any writer is to write. The second is to believe. The third is to be grateful. I'm all three and I'll do what it takes.
ps. A special thank you to Deadly Prose.