My book cover designer sent me the latest, near-final cover for THE SERPENT’S GAME, my next thriller due out this fall. The latest changes involved adding armed figures climbing the side of the ship. The back text is still being tweaked, ISBN and price bar codes will be added next week, blurbs will follow in late April, and the ARCs will go out to reviewers in May. There are many aspects to developing a book cover, and it’s interesting to follow the progress and have some input. Note that the cargo ship is from a photograph I took while researching and touring the Panama Canal, where two of the novel’s main action scenes take place.
The book cover also provides a visual marker of the long road that I’ve had to take for this manuscript. It’s a signal that things are moving ahead and reduces the abstractness by which I have slaved over the chapters. Now, finally, the second installment of the Jonathan Brooks thriller series is becoming tangible.
More updates soon, including dates for the launch events in Chicago and New York.