Nothing but Ghosts: The Cover Reveal

Friday, September 26, 2008

There we were, visiting our son at college (he looks so good, he is so wise, my heart just flips when he's near). And there were Jill Santopolo and Carla Weise at HarperCollins, working toward a difficult cover deadline for Nothing but Ghosts. I was walking through a hotel lobby. I got a message from Jill. A few bumbling technical difficulties (on my end) and, suddenly, there sat the cover, on my husband's phone.

I fell in love.

You want to embrace those who have read your story and who have translated it into art. This blog is my embrace of Jill and Carla, for seeing this jacket through.

Nothing but Ghosts began life as a relentless finch and in the aftermath of my mother's passing. It went through countless iterations. It has emerged, it is emerging, as a book of which (forgive me) I am proud. A book that I hope says something.

18 comments:

keri mikulski :) said...

Wow, Beth. The cover takes my breath away. Amazing. Can't wait to read it. :)

Beth Kephart said...

Oh, Keri. Thank you. It took my breath away, too. I had nothing to do with it, so I hope I can say that.

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lib said...

Stunning! Beth, we Kephart's are a humble bunch BUT when we write, perform, do a job, etc. that is well done, then personal joy and pride is a fine thing to express to those who care about us. Job well done dear cousin! I am so very anxious to read Nothing but Ghosts. Take care.

Vivian said...

Beautiful cover! I can't wait to read this.

PJ Hoover said...

Whoa! When can I buy it? It's amazing!

Betty and Boo's Mommy said...

Wow ... I love that cover! It's beautiful! This would absolutely catch my eye in a bookstore. When does it come out again? (Apologies if I've missed that, given that I'm fairly new to your blog.)

Beth Kephart said...

Oh, so many thanks this morning.

So many.

I will let Jill and Carla know how much their work is appreciated.

BABM: I will have galleys by mid-November, I think, in time for the ALAN conference in San Antonio. The real book will be in stores next June. Which feels like forever from now, but it gives me time to cherish the book's innocent days.

Lenore said...

LOVE the cover! And your post about it has me intrigued... off to look for a summary...

Ink Mage said...

That's a really cool cover! I can't wait to read it!

Carol said...

Love the cover. It's just...wow. Can't wait to read it! :)

The Scarlet Tree said...

Congratulations Beth. It must also be a great weight off your shoulders to be so close to having a finished object to hold. It is a really beautiful cover as well. I look forward to reading!

Em said...

Ohh, what a gorgeous cover! And I can't wait to read it!

Beth Kephart said...

It's early-ish here (though not as early as it could be) and when I wake and discover these energizing comments on the cover I love, I want to turn the music loud and dance.

For the sake of the sleepers above me, I shall not.

I will only say thank you. The book is coming out next June, Betty and Boo... With galleys ready in a month or so.

Anna Lefler said...

Oooohh...it's gorgeous. I'm so happy for you, Beth... What an amazing feeling that must be. Thanks for sharing it with us!

Tasha said...

Absolutely brilliant!! It must reflect the great insides of the book:)

Melissa Walker said...

It's just amazing! It looks like a statue. And a real girl. And something old-fashioned. And modern all at once. The curtain over her shape reminds me of a fashion runway moment, and I mean that in the most beautiful way!

Beth Kephart said...

Tasha and Melissa —

Your words mean so much. Thank you.Melissa, I thought the same thing—real? painted? transcended?

She's a short-haired beauty.... I do love her.

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