Tuesday, December 8, 2015 / by Lynne Heinzmann

Today, I received an e-mail from Meghan, my liaison from New Rivers Press.  She apologized for not being in touch as much lately.  Apparently she and the rest of the Team at Minnesota State University Moorhead are in the midst of finals and other end-of-the-semester obligations and haven’t had time to do much else.  I certainly remember how that felt and then how glad I was to go home for Christmas vacation.  Most years, I went home from college with a cold or worse, run down from lack of sleep and an overabundance of assignments to complete.  I definitely wish Meghan and Company much success completing their school tasks and then a restful, rejuvenating Christmas break.

I also received an e-mail from Nayt Rundquist, the Managing Editor at NRP.  Nayt said he’d received the edits from the Team.  He said he’d be editing Frozen Voices once again and would send me his notes by mid-February for me to comment on and return by the end of that month.  Then the designer would have until the end of March to lay out the whole book, which Nayt and I would review and return to the designer by mid-April.  The designer would make his final changes by the end of May, with the final round of editing done by the second or third week of June.  Publication is set for sometime in November.  It sure takes a lot of work to produce one book!

Nayt also mentioned the book cover, saying he’s waiting to see cover images from that designer.  He said that the designer has been working with two design professors and Al Davis, too, and that he’d let me know when he has more to share about the book cover.

I noticed that no one at NRP commented on Kaitlyn’s book cover, which I sent to them over a week ago.  I think I’ll resend it and ask for opinions.  I’d really like to know what they think about Kaitlyn’s cover and whether or not they feel it would be good for FV.

Chris and I were looking at book covers in a store today, mostly best-selling hardcover fiction.  The covers seemed to run the gamut from being very representational of the novel’s story to being more symbolic of the type of novel.  A historical fiction cover contained sepia-toned photographs of the main characters whereas a modern day spy novel cover had a silhouette of a man wearing a trench coat, carrying a pistol.

What makes a good book cover?  I actually Googled that very question and received quite a wide variety of responses.  I’d be interested to hear what the folks at NRP think about the subject.  As usual, I’m finding this whole publishing journey to be a fun, learning experience.