Do you remember getting gold stars from your teacher back in your school days? I sure do. I remember the feeling of gratification that came with such effusive praise. Sure, I liked getting good grades, but getting a gold star from the teacher, or seeing “Great Job!” written in their handwriting at the top of the page made me want to go out during recess and conquer the world—or at least the playground.
Now that I’m an adult, I still get that same warm feeling inside when someone awards me gold stars. My new book, THE FOUNDLINGS, has been given some very kind reviews on Amazon, complete with—you guessed it—gold stars. So far I’ve received five 5-star ratings, and two 4-stars.
But the gold star that really made me feel great came on Monday. Joel Friedman runs a fantastic blog called The Book Designer. One of his monthly features is the e-Book Cover Design Awards. Authors and/or book cover designers can submit the covers of their published books. The winner gets to display a nifty badge on their website as proof of their award.
I entered the cover for THE FOUNDLINGS in the February contest, and I’m pleased to report that, while I didn’t win the top prize, Joel selected my cover to receive a gold star. This was the first month he’s awarded gold stars to selected covers, and I think it’s because the general quality of submitted covers is on the rise and it’s becoming harder to choose a clear winner. Here’s what he had to say about my cover:
Shockingly good, a superb ebook cover. A highly-focused and genre-specific illustration along with careful typography and a unique series “look” help propel this cover to the top.
I want to thank Joel for the opportunity to submit my cover, and to my wife for helping me take the cover design to the next level. I’ll be proudly displaying my badge here on my blog soon.
Don’t forget, THE FOUNDLINGS is on sale now at Amazon.com.