Finally, in my hot little hands I hold…
The final production version of The Winds of Khalakovo!!!
I kind of feel like I'm holding it for ransom, and I guess in a way I am, but the price is quite reasonable, and I'm sure you'll be happy to pay it … if you ever want to see your book alive AGAIN!!!
The back turned out really cool, too. The most awesome cover designer (Rebecca Silvers) used the world map for the background with this attractive maroon tone. And the back cover copy is place on this great aged scroll. It's really quite stunning.
Here's one last part that I'm really tickled about. The final page is the "About the Author" page. The picture is one that Joanne took of me on an author-photo picture day in Milwaukee last fall.
I remember looking at pages like these from early on, well before I thought about writing a book of my own, and thinking: Wow, how cool would it be to be an author? Turns out, it's pretty damn cool. Sure, I understand the industry a lot better now, and of course it's not all roses (far from it!), but there are days that make it all worthwhile.
This is one of those days.