I walked into the front office at the writing cabin and spread the artwork across Lisa’s desk. “What do you think?”
“Ooh, I like it,” Lisa said. “It has some similarities to the first Notebook, but it stands out as its own book too. What’s your plan now?”
“I’m out with beta readers right now. I already got one full read, and some great catches. One of them involved names, and you missed it too.”
“My spellchecker must have seen it as a real name.”
“It is, so I changed the name completely to make it simpler.”
“When the betas are finished will you publish it then?
“Not quite. While they’re working, we have some stuff to do ourselves. You need some promotional artwork.” I spread a list of story titles in front of her.
Lisa sifted through the titles, and pointed. “This one, for sure.”
“Last Flight of the Rocket-Men? I figured that would catch your eye. You love the rocket-pack. Do you suppose it should be Rocket-Men, or Rocketmen?”
“You could ask your blog friends.”
“Good idea, we need one more. Make a star next to that one.”
“A star, really? I’ll make an electronic list and use a cute emoji. It’s the twenty-first century, you know.”
“I’m not feeling some of these. There isn’t much chance for me to be fun in a poster.”
“How about Jason Fogg? It could be like a romance cover with you in the shower, and fog swirling all around. He could be kind of visible, but kind of not at the same time.”
“What do you mean, veto? I’m the boss.”
“I’m not doing it.”
“I would never let you be completely nude. You know that right. Most of those book covers show a shoulder or something.”
“It isn’t that. I’m not shy or anything.”
“Okay, so why not?”
“Jason Fogg creeps me the hell out, that’s why.”
“Is it his addiction?”
“If you want to call it that.”
“He’s trying really hard to get over it.”
“I don’t think I’ll ever have confidence in him. What else do you have?”
“Not all of these will work, but that’s always the case. Parade Wave, Magpies, Practical Geology. I’m not feeling it.”
“What about Fever, or Career Move? Or Angel, I would make a great angel. I still have my Victoria’s Secret wings.”
“That’s a good reason why not. Everyone’s seen the wings already. Questing might be a good one too. Maybe you could be like a scream queen prisoner.
“That could be kind of fun. We could have done Night Bump Radio, but I borrowed the idea already.”
“I need to think about it some more. Meanwhile; why don’t you get Sean Harrington on the line and see if he has a few ideas.”
“I’m on it.”
Okay, so I have cover art, and it looks pretty darned good. I need to get Lisa situated, but we’ll figure something out. Question for you authors out there, do you prefer Rocket-Men, or Rocketmen?