I could start the third book, but I'm trying to wait a bit so I don't get ahead of myself. I want to focus on Walk the Red Road until it's published so that has all of my attention. Also, I went through a mini-crisis earlier in the week when I realized that the book title I've had planned for the third for like 2 years now, is actually perfectly suited for the fourth book. So now I have no title for the third and I can't work on a titleless book. It's just a weird thing I have. I need a title.
Anyway, since I can't work on the text, I'll talk about the cover! As I mentioned before, my friend Red designed the art based on my crappy sketch and man, did she do an awesome job. She recently sent me her sketches (there were more variations than what are below, but these are the basic images and the others are the same images with lighting and color changes).
I thought it would be cool to show y'all how much work went into the process, how awesome Red is, and how these concepts turned into the final cover. Now, I don't actually have the final cover since it's still being worked on, but I do have the essential final form. So, enjoy!
So, after I sent my final image in, the publishing company sent me two cover concepts. They are below. The left side is the back cover, middle is the spine, and right is the front cover.
The changes I requested are relatively minor. I asked that the text on the spine from cover 1 be used instead. I don't like the stylish text for my name on this second one. I also asked that the back cover, spine, and fade around the front border be darker, more like the darker red color in the trees. The pink is okay, but I think people will be more likely be drawn to a darker red.
And, just for fun, Sir Whisky enjoyed playing in the box Red sent the art in. I'm not sure, but I think he may be drunk.