|THE LONG WAY HOME by Karen McQuestion release date May 1, 2012|
In this heartwarming novel, four strangers brought together by grief join forces for a road trip that becomes an unexpected adventure and a journey toward reconciliation, healing, and love.
~~~At long last, I have a cover for my new novel, The Long Way Home! And I'll go on record as saying I absolutely, positively love it.
Getting to this point was quite a process. Months ago I started to see cover concepts via email, most of them varying combinations of roads, cars, suitcases, and maps. All of them were fine, in their own way, but none of them was the cover.
Finally, around the time I was getting a little panic stricken about not having a cover, the publisher brought in Jaime Flores of Monocle Design to get a fresh take on things. I spoke to Jaime and my editor during a phone conference-- a memorable conversation especially because my editor kept saying I lived in Minnesota and when I corrected him and said I was in Wisconsin, I got the feeling he thought they were essentially the same. Those people on the coast think they know so much. Fly over country, indeed. If they only knew what Wisconsin has to offer they'd be flocking here in droves.
Anyway, I did appreciate being able to give the designer my thoughts. Since I don't have a great talent for the visual arts, most of my suggestions covered what I didn't want. Basically, I didn't want pastels, landscapes, or dissected women (if you've looked at covers of women's fiction lately you know what I mean). I did want a cover that would stand out and be memorable.
In short order, Jaime came up with seven possibilities, all of them terrific. Seriously, not a bad one in the bunch. I narrowed it down to my two favorites, one of which was the predecessor of the cover you see above. That cover was tweaked a bit and I received the final version in an email ten minutes ago. Yes, the book comes out in a month and I finally have a cover.
The timing was a bit of a nail biter, but now that I've seen the end result I have to say it was worth the wait. Thanks so much to my editor, Terry Goodman, and to Jaime Flores, the genius designer who knew what I wanted, even if I couldn't articulate it.
Now I'll have to find something else to worry about. :)