Returning to my Roots – Fantasy Novel Edition
Way back in the mists of time (okay, about 15.5 years ago), my first novel was published. The Glasswrights’ Apprentice is a traditional fantasy novel written for adults. It tells the story of a thirteen-year-old girl who witnesses an assassination. She’s accused of being the killer, so she has to go undercover in her caste-bound society to discover the identity of the true murderer.
When Apprentice first appeared, it had a lovely cover painted by Jerry Vanderstelt. (I discovered, looking at that cover, that my heroine had blond hair — something I’d never envisioned — but that’s neither here nor there.) After Apprentice went out of print, I sold the ebook rights to a small publisher (back in the days when I couldn’t imagine those rights would ever amount to any serious money — oh, what a fool was I!) The publisher and I invested our money, 50/50, to buy the Vanderstelt art for the ebook covers.
Times change, though. Styles of cover art change. After more than a dozen years, the Glasswrights covers that I’d loved had begun to feel dated.
The small publisher sold its rights to a larger publisher, Open Road Media. At the same time, Apprentice was selected to be a book read county-wide in Kent County, Delaware. The selecting librarian is a huge fan of the series; her only concern was that the old book covers, with their images of my young heroine, might not appeal to male readers.
And so, I asked Open Road if it would consider updating the covers. And Open Road said it would definitely consider a change, and they asked what I had in mind. And I explained that I loved the “emblematic” covers that are common in a lot of fantasy work today; I even attached examples. And Open Road said it would see what it could do.
Reader, I cannot be more thrilled with what Open Road came up with. Here are the new covers for the Glasswrights Series:
Bounce! Bounce! Bounce!
I couldn’t be more pleased!