|Hair length/color (hero material!)|
I experienced this process for the first time a few weeks ago. When I received the email from my editor (who mentioned she was off to a cover conference in a couple of days), my full-throated shout of delight scared my three cats silly.
What sorts of things do you submit to your editor? Well, some suggestions I made included:
- physical descriptions of my characters (which I took straight from scenes in my book & I also included photos of models to depict their hair length/style/eye colour)
- clothing (photos of styles of dress as well as armor, weapons, jewelry with examples of designs)
- tattoos/body markings/features (keep in mind I write paranormal so had to draw features of my non-human characters)
- background settings (again I used descriptions taken from my scenes as well as photographs to depict the topography of major scenes in the book & flora)
|Design on jewelry|
- diagrams (hand drawn sketch of a significant landscape within the book)
- comments on tone of the book/colours (that need to be conveyed on the cover)
- a 2-4 paragraph synopsis (a bit like a back cover blurb)
So, with the conference over and our ideas safely in the cover department's hands, now begins the wait to see what they come up with.
Did I mention how excited I am about this?
I can't wait to see the finished product!