Yay! The cover for my upcoming release is now finished and ready to show off a little!
Short of holding the first copy of your new book in your hands, there’s not much that beats seeing the completed cover design. I’m sure that for authors who have very little input, that moment can be either a delightful surprise or an unpleasant one. Since I’m lucky enough to get to oversee the design all the way through, however, it’s not so much a surprise as the gratifying culmination of the creative process. I tell my graphic designer what I have in mind, he gives me his interpretation, and then we go back and forth until I’m finally satisfied with the final product.
With this book, I had some pretty specific instructions for him, mostly because I wanted it to be clear that this novel is not only a sequel to Pride and Prejudice but also related to my most popular previous novel. The Darcys of Pemberley focused mostly on Darcy and Elizabeth in their early married life with Georgiana, in a secondary role, providing the courtship story we Jane Austen fans wouldn’t be satisfied without. In this companion piece, Georgiana’s story line takes precedence, revealing what she’s thinking and what she’s up to all those times she’s off camera in the first book. Most of you are used to reading variations; this is just anther twist on that idea – a variation on my own book.
So when it came to the covers, I wanted some elements to carry over from one to the other to imply a relationship, but not so much similarity that people would mistakenly think the two were the same book. Plus, it had to pretty! I hope you’ll agree that’s what we’ve achieved.
Miss Georgiana Darcy of Pemberley will be available on July 21st! If you want a sneak peek before then, I invite you to read the first chapter here and other preview excerpts posted on this site on March 23, March 30, April 27, and May 26. It was so much fun getting to know Georgiana Darcy better as I wrote this book. I hope you’ll feel the same when you read it!