Friday, May 04, 2018

Writing: New Novel

Made you look! But, no, we're not having another baby, or even another grandchild. But the emotions are similar. I've seen the cover design for my next novel, Guarded Prognosis. And I'm as delighted as I was when I saw the  cover of my first novel.

This will be my twelfth novel. I've also indie-published four novellas, so all-told this will be sixteen works of fiction that have appeared under my name. I had no such expectations twenty years ago, and was thrilled when my non-fiction book, The Tender Scar: Life After The Death Of A Spouse, appeared. (BTW, it's been going for more than a decade, is now in its second edition, and I love the cover designs my publisher came up with for both of them).

My previous novels have been traditionally published, and my input into their cover design has varied. But I was ultimately responsible for this one. To design it, I turned to the woman who has done the covers for all four of my novellas, and as usual, Dineen Miller has done a nice job. See for yourself:




If all goes well, this book will be available for pre-order next month, and published in mid-July. (Hint--subscribers to my newsletter will get the first news).

Authors, I'm still feeling the thrill after so many novels. (Oh, not as many as many of my colleagues, but it's still a nice feeling to see that cover). Does it go away with time? Readers, what do you think of the cover Dineen has designed? Any other comments?

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8 comments:

greg fuller said...

Beautiful cover design. I'm looking forward to reading Guarded Prognosis. Any big hits for next year?

Elise Griffith said...

Nice cover. I'm also looking forward to reading your new novel. Thank you for all the work that goes into them, Dr. Mabry.

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks for your comments. As most folks have come to realize, it takes 8 months to a year to write a decent novel, and just a few days to read it. It's a good problem for an author to have, though. As an example, I've finished the work on Guarded Prognosis, and it's process. I've done the first draft of the novella I want to release this winter, and am thinking about the next one after that. An author's work, like so much else in life, is never done.

Patricia Bradley said...

She did a fabulous job, Richard! You are 4 works of fiction ahead of me. ;-) Oh, and I put the baby's picture on my tweet when I tweeted your blog...didn't want to give away your cover.

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks, Patricia. As for the number of books, this isn't a contest but I'm glad I've managed to stay just a bit ahead of you. And thanks for tweeting about the blog. I appreciate it, as I do your comment.

Patricia Bradley said...

No, it's not a competition. lol. uhhh...although I am very competitive...I even compete against myself. lol

Gail H. said...

Love the cover and very intriguing.....

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks, Gail. As I said, Dineen does a great job.