It’s been a productive weekend!
I gave the manuscript a solid read-through. I’d put it aside for a few days to gain some distance. At the end of that first proofing, I formatted the manuscript into the 6×9 inch page format for the finished product. It came out to about 225 pages total. Well, I thought, not bad. But then I realized the second book in the trilogy, Witchblood, was a good 330 pages or so, and only a few thousand words longer. Something didn’t add up! So I checked the formatting for the manuscript and discovered I’d stayed with the 8.5×11 page size. D’oh! Reformatted to the correct dimensions for publication, Witch Warden came out to 318 pages. Now that’s more like it! It’ll be a hefty-sized softcover.
I also spent a lot of time on the back cover. I did have ambitions to add smoke and fire as Copperfox’s command ship blasted the back door. But I couldn’t quite get that to work in Maya. I’d get close, but then something would always mess up. Ugh! Frustrating. So in the end I decided to just play with the sky a little. Found a nice one in Bryce and rendered it out. Looks pretty furious. I kind of like the mood it sets. So I went with it. After tweaking the back copy, I went ahead and dropped everything into Photoshop.
So, here are the covers! I think these are pretty much how they’re going to look when the book finally hits the shelves.