This morning I found this great surprise in my (e)mailbox: the Czech cover for When You Reach me (Argo). I find it beguiling and beautiful. If you look closely, you will see that it's made to appear drawn on loose-leaf paper, complete with smudges. And look at my name - Steadova! with an accent! (My last name is Welsh, but I am Russian and Hungarian on my mom's side, so I love this mash-up.)
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE.
There's also a series of amazing illustrations inside the book, by the artist Nikkarin. I think this makes the Argo edition my first-ever illustrated novel, something I have dreamed about.
Meanwhile, I'm happy to say that some day I WILL have another novel published by Wendy Lamb Books (next fall, we hope). We are just now hashing out a lot of fun stuff like final edits, the title, and the cover. As lots of you probably know, a book's cover is designed by an art director (in our case, the wonderful Kate Gartner at Random House), not the editor or the author. I haven't yet seen sketches for the new book, but this infusion of art from Argo has me very excited.