Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Wind of the Spirit Cover at Last!!!!

[Sound of horns blowing vigorously] TAH DAH!!!!!!

I have a new baby! The much-anticipated final version of the Wind of the Spirit cover arrived today!!! Can you tell I’m excited?! It’s a good thing there aren’t any limits on the number of exclamation points you can use in a document, because I’d be locking up the computer. LOL!

You’ve all seen the 2 photos we started out with. And I know several of you mentioned that you prefer covers without any figures on them. But . . . well, I had this vision.

I was not at all sure it was possible to do what I wanted to do. I certainly had no idea how to get it done. But just at that moment, the Lord led Dineen Miller to e-mail me. She asked if I needed another designer, and not knowing much about Dineen, I took a look at her Web site. I was impressed, to say the least. I needed an ad for Sheaf House, so I hired her to do it. And not only did she do a terrific job, but she mentioned she’d love to work on book covers. She hadn’t done any yet, but she was eager to give it a try.

Thinking about Dineen’s portfolio, I threw this project at her. I had 2 images of a stormy sky and some really crazy ideas. A whole long page of them. I was sure she was going to think I was out of my mind, say something polite, and tiptoe quietly out the back door. Instead, to my shock and delight, she responded that she was sure we could do this!

And she delivered. The process took a couple of twists and turns, but . . . take a look. A picture is worth a thousand words, isn’t it?

Needless to say, I’m thrilled! This image doesn’t show the spine, but it’s as cool as the front. Dineen won’t get to the back until after the conference, but it’ll be made up of the 2nd image nicely ghosted to allow the text to show well against it. Maybe a couple of other fancy things, who knows?

All I can say is, WOW!! From a design standpoint, this is one of the best covers I’ve ever seen! It ought to stand out on a book table or shelf in a bookstore, don’t you think?

17 comments:

  1. Hi! I've never read any of your books, but after stumbling across your blog, I must say I am extremely interested in them. I love the cover for your new book - it really attracts the attention. If you ever get the chance, since you're a professional writer, I would love to have your opinion on my short story, "My Western Cowboy Story" posted on my blog.

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  2. How exciting! I'll have to have my daughter take a peek at this!
    In Him,
    Christina

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  3. Mariposa, your story is very vividly written, and you make some very profound points in it. And I love your poetry! You have a lot of talent, and I hope you keep on writing!

    Hugs,
    Joan

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  4. Christina,

    This is the most fun of writing and publishing--doing covers. lol! It ought to be illegal to have this much fun. I hope your daughter loves it too! I'm hoping to rerelease the earlier books in the series before too long and give them similar covers so all the volumes are consistent. Well, one of these days... :-)

    Hugs,
    Joan

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  5. Simply fantastic. I adore Dineen.... She is a great woman. Blessings upon your bboi and have a great time at the conference.

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  6. Dineen is a fantastic graphic artist. She NEVER disappoints--always IMPRESSES!! This cover is perfect, Joan! I'm so glad for you and proud of my twin. :-D I did the same thing when I asked her about creating a header for my website--and she rocked it out!!

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  7. That cover is gorgeous! Dineen has some serious talent in design as well as writing. I'm always impressed with her work.

    Hugs,
    Pammer

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  8. WOW! Dineen did an awesome job on the cover! I love all of Dineen's work!! the only thing I love more is her writing!

    Congrats Joan!!

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  9. Yay!!! I'm praising God for this every step of the way, Joan. I'm so humbled and honored too, by your post. I've dreamed of this day since I was 18. Thank you! :-)

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  10. Thanks so much for commenting! I'm absolutely thrilled that you liked the story & thanks for the encouragement. I will definitely keep writing :)

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  11. Hey, ladies, you are all so right about Dineen's talent! I think we make a GREAT team!

    Dineen, the only thing that makes me happier than achieving one of my dreams is helping someone else achieve one of theirs--and, even better, in this case, being the benficiary. LOL!

    Hugs,
    Joan

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  12. Mariposa, I'm just one example of how your dreams can come true if you never give up. Hang in there, girl, and who knows where the Lord will lead you!

    Hugs,
    Joan

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  13. Wow, Joan. The cover is fantastic. I cannot wait to read 'Wind of the Spirit'. Your other books are two of my favorites, that go way beyond the expectations of a Christian novel. You are one great writer.

    When the book is ready, I'd like to feature it in Stepping Stones Magazine.

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  14. Rita, thank you so much for your kind comments! I'll make sure you get a copy of WOTS as soon as it's published. You really lift me on eagle's wings!

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  15. Dineen did a great job - I didn't realize she was a designer, too. But oooooh, I can't wait to get my copy! You've kept me waiting in suspense WAAAAAAY too long! =p (and thanks for the bloggy award :)

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