Sunday, January 1, 2012

Book title & Cover Update

I'm not sure why, but I really like that number.


Probably the number of calories I consumed today. I think this has been a very productive weekend for me, and I'll tell you why.

1. I HAVE FINALIZED THE COVER. I went through 20+ cover designs and narrowed it down. It was hard because there was so much potential in each one; potential I may use in future covers, so nothing is wasted. The deciding factor was looking at each one for pros and cons. A couple of slut models ended up in the con pile, just so you know. I really hope that you like it, if anything for the fact that it took me a very long time to design and touch up, so I'm proud of it. :)

2. I HAVE DECIDED ON A TITLE. Woohoo! Too much emphasis was going into the name, and when I sat down and thought about all my favorite books, I didn't always remember them by title. Especially a series. Why? Because most series I read have "same word" usage. Dark, Night, Bite, Dead, etc. After the fifth book, you just start calling it "Book 5", because the titles run together. That's why I chose "Sterling". I wanted one word, and it had some meaning. But how do you "theme" that into a series? lol, you can't. Not without getting corny. Toil, toil, toil.

Yesterday, I was thinking of words that summarized book 2: characters, personality traits, plot, etc. I snapped my fingers with a particular word.

I set it as my wallpaper and looked at it off and on while editing. I've done this for the past week with other titles, but this one I put up on its own. Are you bored yet? Well, if you're read this far, maybe you're curious about the process. I looked up the definition of the word, and all the alternate uses, and it really fit. It was something I was happy with, and additionally not a word that you see as a stand alone word on books. Try searching amazon for words like, for instance, "Bound". That word is on a lot of titles.

And btw, no, I am not going to slap a word on the cover like "dubious" or "fastidious".

So here I am, settled on the title and the cover, and contemplating when to release the information. Shall I set a date for the cover release, just to make it fun? The book isn't ready yet, but maybe I can release the cover mid month and have a little countdown Ok, am I being a bit of a dork?

Or, do you really even care?  It's not like I'm JR Ward with a legion of fans chewing their nails for the next cover, professionally created, with well paid models. I'm a woman with limited resources, but a lot of passion in what I do.

So that's how I started 2012. I'm still editing, but I feel like I just skipped a rock over a pond and made ripples.


  1. I think you should give us a look at the cover ahead of time. I use a Kindle and I just can't appreciate a good cover in grayscale on that screen.

  2. I care! You don't have to be JR Ward. - you are Dannika Dark and you have created a super interesting character & world that will only keep growing :) I like your idea of revealing the cover mid-month. Sounds like fun and I can't wait to see it and hear the title!

  3. Even JR Ward had to start somewhere! Go all out and do a whole bunch of pre-release promo stuff that's how you draw us avid readers in. I can't wait to read it :-)

  4. I'll set up my booth outside of Old navy, how's that? ;-)

  5. I loved sterling and cant wait for the next book and hope many more in this fascinating new series its brilliant.