It's finally here. I've been waiting for this moment for weeks, and my new cover is ready to reveal!
This book has a special place in my heart. It was my first. When I first wrote The Demon's Apprentice in 2010, it was a labor of what seemed to be Herculean effort. I started writing it in 2006, after reading Jim Butcher's Dead Beat, the seventh book in The Dresden Files series. It was my first exposure to Jim's work, and even after going back and reading all of his other entries in that series, it still ranks as one of his best for me.
The thing that stood out about that story was the voice. Snarky, smart and most importantly, SMART ASS! I read to the end and remember hearing echoes of my own voice resonating through it. It was the book that made me think I really could have an audience. That maybe, just maybe, I could make a career of writing one day.
Everything about The Demon's Apprentice was backwards. It wasn't exactly the book I set out to write. An agent contacted me to ask for a full read through on it (she passed on it, but still, that was pretty damn cool). My eventual publisher asked me to contact him about publishing it. All of it, delightfully backwards.
I wrote another book in the series, and then decided to try my hand at zombie fiction and self-publishing. Needless to say, the results were very good. So, I got the rights back from my publisher a few months ago and started looking for a cover artist.
Enter my life long friend Angela Gulick. Angie is an artist with a few credits of her own, so at some point, we started talking about what I was looking for in a cover as I looked for potential artists. And then she showed me HER concept and I had my cover artist.
If you've been on Facebook in the last few hours, you've already seen this, but I also wanted to post it here. I get thousands of its here a month, so I know a lot of traffic comes here. And here, I get to go into a little more detail.
I got to watch Gerry Kissell do the preliminary work on this on Saturday, and I was amazed at how quickly this came together and how much detail he packed into it. Everything on this cover reflects an element from the book, from the place the story starts to important details about the building itself. And I love how Gerry managed to add in the visual link back to how book one ended. I could spend hours picking out amazing little things about this.
This one is much better than the one I did for ZS: Exodus, and in time, you can bet I'm going to ask Gerry to redo the cover to it, too. But for today, I'm moving forward. If you want to see more of his work, go to his awesome website.
I plan to get ZS: Inferno out hopefully by end of week, and when I do, I'm going to be making some noise. I hope you'll help me.