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Cover Crisis

by Stephanie Casher on November 21, 2014

So we’ve hit a snag in the cover design process… and I need everyone’s help.

We’ve been working on the design for The Space Between cover for the past few months. This has been a really challenging process for me, because I’m not really visual, so I didn’t have a “concept” in mind for the cover.  At all.  So I wasn’t able to give my designer precise direction, and instead asked him to “throw something together.”

It took a while, and a lot of tweaking, but we finally settled on something I liked (see below). I was so relieved to be done with this, as it was a stressful process. After my editor finished reading the book, I sent her the sample cover to see what she thought.  Her response:

“Your book is a character driven, internal struggle and growth book that has a literary tone. This cover is commercial.  Covers set expectations. I’m afraid you’ll get hammered in reviews if  people are expecting one thing and get another.”

I respect this individual. She also has a long, successful career in the book business, and I consider her to be an industry professional who knows what she’s talking about. And while part of me genuinely loves this cover, another part of me isn’t fully convinced it’s the right cover for the book I’ve written.

So I thought I’d ask what you all think… What are your feelings/thoughts/impressions about this cover? Does it look like a “Stephanie Casher” novel? I know most of you haven’t read The Space Between (though you can if you want), but if you picked up or downloaded this book, what would some of your expectations be? As a reader in general, how do you feel if a cover misleads you about the content of a book? If the cover doesn’t sit right with you, why? How could it be improved?

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I’m really not sure how to proceed, and would really love to hear people’s thoughts to help me think through my little dilemma. Once we finalize some kind of cover, we’ll be that much closer to a release date!

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THE SPACE BETWEEN – Next Steps

by Stephanie Casher on November 9, 2014

We’re getting close to release time folks and fans! I know many of you have been patiently waiting for news of the release date. Though the book has been completed (yay!), it still has to make its way through the publishing pipeline before it will be ready for public consumption. Here’s an overview of what’s next:

  • Content editing – This is where the manuscript is now. A content editor evaluates the manuscript for things like plot, pacing, character development and “showing vs. telling.” I should be getting the manuscript back in the second week of November. [UPDATE: Manuscript is back from the editor!]
  • Revisions - Based on the feedback from the editor (and test readers), I will need to revise and update the manuscript. I feel like it was in pretty good shape before I sent it to her, so hopefully there won’t be any major revisions required. Once I get the manuscript back, I will adjourn to my editing cave and try to get this piece done as quickly as possible.
  • Cover Design – The cover designer is currently at work on the cover for The Space Between. I’m having a hard time trying to get this cover just right, so we’ll likely be polling our fan base in the near future to get everyone’s thoughts. This strategy has worked well for TPC in the past. :)
  • Copy Editing – After I complete any revisions suggested by the content editor, the manuscript goes to my copyeditor, who will give the manuscript one last review for any typos or grammatical errors.
  • Typesetting – Once we have confirmed that the manuscript is error-free, we will typeset the book for printing, and produce the ebook version.
  • Announce a release date and celebrate!!!

As you can see, we still have a way to go, but we are very, very close! I’ll keep everyone posted as we move through the final stages. I can’t wait to share the final product with you all!

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THE SPACE BETWEEN

by Stephanie Casher on July 7, 2014

STATUS UPDATE: I’m in the home stretch!  Only TWO chapters left to write for my next novel, The Space Between, the sequel to When Love Isn’t Enough. Almost there!!!

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The 7-Year Hitch

by Stephanie Casher on January 23, 2014

Last December, James and I celebrated our seven-year anniversary by getting married. After deciding in late-October that it was finally time to tie the knot, we threw together a very small, last-minute ceremony here in Santa Cruz. While I don’t recommend trying to throw together a “wedding” in under two months, it ended up being a beautiful day.

I’d been dragging my feet throughout our three-year engagement about making it official. I am a child of divorce, and had seen marriage ruin many perfectly good relationships… If everything was going great with me and James, why mess with it? Also, being an “independent woman” has always been a central part of my identity, and I didn’t want to give that up to be a “wife.”  The feminist in me has issues with the duties traditionally assigned to the role of “wife.” I’m fine with loving and honoring, but that obey part of the vows? Yeah, whatever to that!

Thankfully, the man I’ve chosen to spend my life with is not only my best friend, but someone who respects and appreciates my independent streak, and can tolerate my lack of traditional domesticity. I wouldn’t want to walk this road with anyone else, and since I’ve been thinking of him as my husband for years anyway, I decided it was time to dispatch my commitment-phobia and jump the broom already.

Though planning a “wedding” in two months was a nightmare (seriously ladies, just ELOPE–I’ve never been so stressed out in my life!), we pulled off a pretty magical day. A huge thank you goes out to Kelly Hemphill and Dara Crawford, who went so above and beyond to make me feel like a “bride,” helped with so many of the wedding logistics, and provided shoulders for me to cry on when I was getting yelled at by family members ;). Thanks to all our friends and family who made the trip to Santa Cruz to be with us, and those who were with us in spirit. Sunny’s Catering for the amazing food, and the phenomenal Devi Pride at Devi Pride Photography for the GORGEOUS wedding photos. Seriously, if you ever need a photographer for your wedding/event/etc, hire this woman. She has my highest recommendation–worth every penny! Check out this beautiful wedding video she made for us, that showcases her amazing work.

Six months later, I’m glad we did it. Aside from the rings we now wear, not much has changed in our relationship–for which I’m thankful. And we don’t have folks asking us, “When are you getting married?” anymore, which is great. ;) But probably the best part is that getting married made it possible for us to have our dream honeymoon, which shall commence shortly. Italy, here we come!

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Europe 2012 ~ First Leg ~ Amsterdam

September 14, 2012

As many of you know, I have been hard at work on my next novel, THE SPACE BETWEEN. The next installment in the SOUL MATES trilogy tells Samantha and Damion’s story, and a significant portion of the book takes place in Europe. I was excited to take my characters abroad, but after I started working […]

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Europe 2012 ~ Second Leg ~ Menaggio/Lugano

September 13, 2012

One thing I really loved about Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport was that they had hotels IN the airport. I spent my fourth night in a very comfortable room at the Mercure Hotel inside the terminal and caught an early morning flight the next day from Amsterdam to Milan, Italy. Oh Italia, how I love you… The […]

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Europe 2012 ~ Third Leg ~ Switzerland

September 12, 2012

So it’s been established that I love Amsterdam. I also love Italy. You are probably not surprised to read that I also love Switzerland, lol. What’s not to love? This land-locked country in the center of Europe is a land of rolling green hillsides and pristine mountain lakes framed by the towering, snow-capped Swiss Alps. […]

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Update on the SOUL MATES… Trilogy?!

May 11, 2012

Any artist will tell you that true inspiration seldom takes a linear or predictable path. We have no control over when the muse strikes us, or where she may take us once we engage the creative process. Sometimes you end up in surprising places. My experience writing my first two (and soon to be three) […]

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Another Year Begins…

March 6, 2012

Happy 2012 people! I know I’m about two months late for new years salutations, but I’m pretty much two months late on everything these days, so better late than never, right? I don’t know about you, but 2011 was one of those ‘blink and you missed it’ kinda years for me. It passed in a […]

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Love Letter to My Fans

February 14, 2012

Dear Fans, My foray into the publishing world (in dual roles as an author and publisher) has been quite the whirlwind.  I wear many hats (on top of holding down a very demanding day job), and the past year has been quite challenging as I struggled to keep all those balls in the air. But […]

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