Book Covers, Trust, and Checking the Box

Book Covers, Trust, and Checking the Box

This Thoughtful Thursday is more about comfort than inspiration. Ralph Waldo Emerson’s words spoke to me this week:

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.

I sure hope so, dear Emerson!

As those of you subscribed to my Book List group know, I finally made the book cover decision.After reviewing dozens of renderings, my publisher and I decided on two options. Wisely, she gave me only one revision to consider. Thank goodness, I loved it.

Here it is:

Rethinking Possible

Is it the “right” choice? Does it draw in the reader? Will it represent my book’s themes and takeaways?

I have no idea, but it’s a comforting thought to believe “the universe” could help make it happen.

As I’ve confessed before, decision-making is hard for me. Yet, I’d forgotten how quickly the struggle evaporates once a decision is made. There’s this odd relief in a final choice, especially when you can check the box in a linear process.

One of my friends remarked that this book publishing process is like preparing for a wedding. There are huge decisions to be made along the way, each one seeming to be SO earth-shatteringly important and crucial—the date, the time, the venue, the dress, the food, the entertainment, and on and on. But once each of these decisions are made, they become just part of the plan, integrated into the other checked-box choices, like a puzzle piece clicking into its place.

So the cover piece has clicked in. I worked the process, gathered my resources, trusted the professionals, and now I have to trust myself and the decision I made.

And, what’s next? I need to finalize a description that will accompany this lovely cover for posting on YIKES! At least this go round I’ll have Emerson’s comforting thought waiting for me afterwards.

What about you? What thoughts comfort you after a major decision? Tell me about it. I’d love to know.

My best–always,

Becky  (Nana B)

P. S. Oh, and as I told my Book List folks, I do hope you like my cover. And if you don’t, I hope you’ll learn to like it. (Smile.)

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