I got my cover art for The Princess of Las Pulgas and I really love it. The hall of lockers, the girl with her face turned away is perfect.
I’m excited about seeing this work go from manuscript pages to galleys to ARC to book. It’s always such a rush when you look back over the years from the time when you first had the idea, then you thrashed through the first, second, third drafts wondering if you really did have a book after all.
Then came those critiques from writers you respect that sent you back to scenes to do them again and again. Those edits from your editor that cut right to the point and finally made the characters and the story come to life.
While it’s always the same process, it never really is the same. No two books come to the page in the same manner. No two books give you the same sleepless nights or the same hair pulling moments. But in the end there is a sense of having done what you set out to do. You’ve pulled together the puzzle pieces of plot, character, dialog, setting, description, narrative, tone, style and made it whole.
What’s it like for other writers out there? Have I described what you experience? What can you add to the process that I’ve left out? I’d love to hear from you.