The past few weeks have been an exhausting combination of working hard to stay focused on my real job, (a job that I love and which also keeps me quite busy), carving out the time to put the finishing touches on my novel – Your Truth is Out There, and containing my excitement over the sheer AWESOMENESS of the book' cover art and design. Before I share the cover with you, I want to take a moment to thank a few people, without whom, none of this would be possible.
First, I must thank my incredible wife, Rhonda. Aside from all of everyday amazing things she does, she has been instrumental in not only helping me make the story stronger, but also in helping me find the time to actually complete the book. She knows how much it means to me and she share my joy in seeing it come to fruition. Thank you, my darling – when I say I couldn't have done it without you, I really do mean it!
Secondly, I want to thank artist Stephen Youll and his wife Jamie. I have been a long-time fan of Stephen's work (as I noted in my previous blog), and so getting the opportunity to work directly with him was a great honor. More than that, however, Stephen is simply a great guy. Not only is he talented beyond description, he is very easy to work with. I sent him my idea for the cover, along with a draft of the book, and he took it from there. It wasn't long before he sent back some sketches for me to review - which were pretty phenomenal in and of themselves. After choosing the one I wanted to go with, he went to work colorizing and detailing it until I had my final artwork. To say I was blown away would be an understatement. (Be sure to check out Stephen's web site.)
Throughout my career, I have had a significant amount of experience in the field of graphic design, so it would stand to reason that once I had the artwork, I could move forward with creating the rest of the cover myself. To be honest, I considered ... briefly. Once I saw Stephen's work, I knew anything I did to it would only serve to lessen it's impact and value. He had mentioned that his wife was a designer and that they often collaborated on covers, so I asked if we could bring her into the project. I'm so thankful we did, as Jamie's work is so clearly complimentary to Stephen's and completes the cover in a way I wouldn't have been able to. Thank you Stephen and Jamie for the amazing work you have done on behalf of my book. I only hope the words inside live up to your beautiful cover!
So, without further ado - here is the cover, front and back of Your Truth is Out There. (Expected release in late July/early August!)