First Short Story Collection: Cover Art Reveal!

Over a year ago, I secured the services of Heather Brewer, a talented graphic designer I’m lucky to call a colleague and friend, to design a book cover for me. At the time, I thought it would be a novel. At some point I realized that what I really wanted her to design was the cover for my collected short stories.

If you’ve been reading this blog for a year or more, you probably know that in 2013 I challenged myself to write one short story each month. During that year, I made each story available for Kindle users. Now I’m gathering those stories together, adding more material, and preparing to publish the collection as both a printed book and an ebook.

And this, I’m ecstatic to say, is the cover…

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When I saw it, I literally said in a loud and astonished voice (to no one in particular), “Oh my GOSH!” 

It’s breathtaking. And it’s more than just a pretty picture. Not only is it eye-catching, it evokes the kind of emotion that I hope the stories evoke in the reader–a little mystery, a little ache in the soul, an appreciation of beauty alongside an acknowledgement of the broken things. And, importantly, it’s non-gendered. In this collection, there are just as many male protagonists as female, and the themes are more universal than gender-specific, so having a cover that would appeal to both men and women was important to me. What do you think? Have we succeeded?

I’m currently editing the collection and getting the interior ready to go. I don’t have a firm release date just yet, but my hope is that it will hit the “shelves” by late summer or early fall. I’ll keep you posted!

10 thoughts on “First Short Story Collection: Cover Art Reveal!

  1. Beautiful, Heather! Can’t wait to get a copy of your book, Erin. I’m fortunate to work with TWO very talented people! :)

    1. The image matches the title story, of course. It would be a tall order indeed to find something that worked with all twelve stories! Cover copy will do the job of showing potential readers that the stories cover a broader swath of human experience. :)

      1. I am facing the same tall order when I plan to publish my 10 short stories in November. Taking the cover of the first story as the main trailer may indeed be the solution. I’ll be looking out when your bundle rolls of the press. All the best. John

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