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I have a cover! And pre-order links!

Humans are visual beings. So when I got the “you have a cover!” email from my editor at Flux Books, something clicked in my brain. Something along the lines of holy-cow-this-is-real-someone-acquired-my-book-and-it-will-be-on-shelves-someday!


I’m pretty sure I went straight into serious kitchen dance party mode the minute I saw it. And then, being the over-anxious, over-thinker I am, I called my writer friend and agency mate, Alison, and begged her to stop whatever she was doing and pull up the cover on her phone. I also might have buzzed downtown to my friend Katie, who owns an incredible indie bookstore, to scrutinize every aspect of the design. The verdict? Another dance party. This time, between the stacks.


My  insightful editor, Brian Farrey-Latz, said he wanted my cover to match the  “very rich and lyrical” story– something simple and iconic.  I couldn’t agree more, and loved every brainstormed idea he sent my way.  When the final design came back, I think it’s safe to say it we were both beyond thrilled. The team managed to capture so much of the spirit of WORDS AND THEIR MEANINGS.
FINAL Words and Their Meanings

Because authors wish they could double as secret agents, I’ve been sitting on this top secret piece of loveliness of awhile. Long enough that I haven’t been able to show off the coolest Christmas present ever, courtesy of my husband:

(yes, this is my book cover, blown up and hung on our living room wall. no, I am not ashamed).

(yes, this is my book cover, blown up and hung on our living room wall. no, I am not even the least bit embarrassed by this).

My book is on Goodreads, officially up for pre-order on Amazon, and perhaps best of all, Katie’s store, Between the Covers, is taking pre-orders for signed copies.  The official release date is September 8, 2014, which seems like a long way away…but ordering now will make it almost seem that much closer, right?


Here’s the blurb for WORDS AND THEIR MEANINGS: Anna O’Mally doesn’t believe in the five stages of grief. Her way of dealing with death equates to daily bouts of coffin yoga and fake-tattooing Patti Smith quotes onto her arms. Once a talented writer, Anna no longer believes words matter, until shocking discoveries– in the form of origami cranes– force her to redefine family and love.


As Anna goes in search of the truth, she discovers that while every story, every human being, has a last line, it might still be possible to find the words for a new beginning.


20 Responses to “I have a cover! And pre-order links!”

  1. I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!! It’s beautiful and your hubby’s gift to you was amazing! Cheering for you and your book!

  2. Dahlia Adler says:

    LOVE IT!! And love your husband’s gift, too!! How brilliant, and it works SO perfectly as artwork! Now I just need the actual book in my hands!

  3. Ashley Bingaman says:

    Calling Between the Covers for my autographed personal copy ASAP. So proud and inspired by you! The Momma who does it all!

  4. Lisa Scott says:

    Love it! And please have your husband talk to my husband….

  5. Amy Nichols says:

    What a wonderful cover design! I love it. Congratulations!

  6. Maureen Barkley says:

    The cover of your book is fantastic! The color pops and what a gift!
    I will be pre-ordering your book tomorrow… Congratulations Kate!

  7. Cathy Pumford says:

    I love the cover! It makes beautiful art work as well. Congratulations and I can’t wait for my autographed copy;-). Love you talented cuz!

  8. Fantastic cover and premise, Kate!!! Congratulations!!!

  9. Shannon Grogan says:

    Yay!!! This is awesome! I love your cover!! Congrats, this is very exciting! 🙂

  10. tammy fowler says:

    miss kate! seems like a forever & ago since we’ve seen other in person…..we, ken & i, are superduper excited for you & yours. what an amazing journey you have been on for years, since birth perhaps?! when is the book signing? we are def gonna preorder ;))) peace, tammy

  11. I love it!! So exciting!!

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