Deron did ask for some ideas on the cover, came up with one, and then was nice enough to modify it a little to please me. I think the cover is really dynamic. Hopefully it'll inspire sales all by itself. Also, Deron's experience tells him that the cover will appeal to a large part of my target audience—girls (and women) age fifteen and up.
This book is about 30,000 words longer than Prophecy of Honor, has a much larger cast of characters, and has magic as a much greater part of the story.
Just Lucky, Book One: Friends and Enemies is not fantasy (though there is a tiny bit of fantasy in it). It is, in my opinion, a mainstream commercial novel that takes place primarily on a college campus about 1970.
Just Lucky was also released initially as an e-book about the end of September. The almost simultaneous releases of these books was total unplanned; a coincidence of efforts from two different publishers.
The publisher is Gnome on Pig Productions, an independent Canadian publishing company. (DDP is also based in Canada.) Gnome on Pig has been great. They first offered me a working contract that basically gave them first refusal rights before I could even show it to anyone else. This was to protect them during the editing and finalizing phase. Alexis Allinson, CEO, did the editing. She admitted it took her longer than it should have because she would get so caught up in the story that she'd forget she was supposed to be editing it. That was certainly encouraging for me.
She expressed the hope that it would be ready by the end of August, but editing to our mutual satisfaction took longer than we expected. Part of this was my fault. I had submitted a manuscript that had two major flaws—one was lousy editing on my part and the other was a function of the conversion from a Word document to PDF. We finally got it ironed out, and then had to decide on a cover. That took a while, but, again, they were very cooperative. We finally had a finished product we both were happy with.
Despite all this work, I was not obligated to accept them as a publisher. This is part of their business model. But I was very happy with what they had done and what their plans are for distribution.
We signed the contract on October 4th. The official launch will be October 11th, and that's when paperbacks and the exclusive hardbacks will become available.
I suggest that if you are looking for a publisher you at least consider Gnome on Pig. Check out their Facebook page for starters.
Also, their interview with me is on their website.