Cover Reveal for My Debut Novel, Dark Light of Day!

Just got a peek at my new cover for my upcoming debut novel, DARK LIGHT OF DAY, which is being released by Penguin/Ace on September 25, 2012. I love it!

I imagine the first time any new author sees his or her first cover, it’s a pretty neat experience. It’s fascinating seeing your character’s face — professionally rendered — for the first time. What a fantastic job the art department at Penguin did! I’m truly thankful to Lesley Worrell, the art director who shepherded this project, and David Palumbo, the artist (whose other work can be viewed here), for bringing Noon Onyx visually to life.

Although I wasn’t involved in designing this cover every step of the way, I was grateful for the involvement I had and found the whole process incredibly interesting. Awhile back, my editor and I traded several e-mails discussing ideas: clothing, location, how Noon’s magic might be represented, etc. As a novelist, I tend to think of characters as slowly unfolding, thousands of words at a time, over the course of chapters, or even over the course of several books in a series. But book covers are their own little piece of creative work — related, but separate from the novel. The best covers convey enormous amounts of information in one glance. They have a single second to make an impression. To convey genre, mood, and tone. I think the folks in charge of this artistic endeavor hit the note perfectly.

I love Noon’s expression. Standing in front of a fiery sky, holding a fireball in her bare palm, she looks slightly defiant, but also calm and somewhat calculating. Here’s a young woman who is carefully considering something (probably where to put that fireball! :-D) The books and St. Luck’s in the background nicely convey the academic setting. And other more subtle cover elements (the blackened vine design on the iron gate, the drape of Noon’s cloak) will be even better appreciated by readers after they’ve finished reading.

What’s Next for Noon? She’s Going to Comic-Con!

The first three chapters of DARK LIGHT OF DAY are going to be included in a sampler that Ace/Roc will be handing out at Comic-Con. I’ve heard I’ll get some author copies to share (which will also include samples of work by several other wonderful Ace/Roc authors) so stay tuned for details on a summer giveaway!

Readers, what do you think of my new cover? What sort of things do you look for in a cover? What catches your eye? Have any all-time favorites you’d like to share? Writers, what was it like for you when you saw your first cover? How about the cover for your most recent release? Have any ‘cover stories’ you’d like to share?

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Jill Archer

Jill Archer is the author of the Noon Onyx series, genre-bending fantasy novels including DARK LIGHT OF DAY, FIERY EDGE OF STEEL, WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE, and POCKET FULL OF TINDER.

17 thoughts on “Cover Reveal for My Debut Novel, Dark Light of Day!

    1. Thanks, Casey! I’m not going this year, but would love to go soon. I’m making a list of people I’m going to bug to go with me because I think it would be fun to go out with a big group! We’ll see…

  1. Love the new cover! You must be over the moon. You’re right about Noon’s expression. She looks like a force to be reckoned with. Can’t wait to read it.

  2. Jill, perhaps this can be the start of new fashion trend. I think it would be great if more women adopted Noon’s style of dress in their everyday lives. There could be not only a sequel but a clothing line in your future.

    1. Ha! Shamus, you are too funny. Alas, though we discussed clothing, I cannot take credit for these final choices. And woe to the fashion world if I were to attempt to design clothing. But bustiers are big right now, I believe. A scuffed up black leather bustier conveys strength and an understated sexiness. And what woman doesn’t have a cloak in her closet? I actually have two, although they do not look half as cool as the one Noon has on!

      I got a kick out of seeing which words cropped up the most in cover comments people sent me via text and e-mail too: sexy, strong, mysterious, powerful — Well, great! This cover has done its job!! πŸ˜€

      1. I live in San Diego so I go to Comic-Con every year… Love it! πŸ™‚

        This will be my first year there as a published author though so it’ll be extra special!


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