I am telling this story primarily so that I can find the date I did this a year or so from now when I need it.
I am currently approximately one third of the way through the sequel to Skylights, a book I’m calling Sunlight. It was originally called Starlight but I decided the new title was better so I changed it. The series is going to become known as The Johannes Cycle (the Johannes is the name of the ship they fly to Mars on) once the second book is out.
Like I said, I have the first third or so of Sunlight in first-draft form and hope to have it finished within a month. I also have the first few paragraphs of the third book in the Johannes Cycle written, along with the last few sentences of Sunlight. I already know what the title of Book 3 is, too.
I still tentatively plan on Casey Heying, who did the cover for Skylights, to be doing the cover to Sunlight, provided that I can afford to pay him what he’s actually worth. But we haven’t discussed the cover to the third book at all, and I already had a strong concept for it in mind.
Last night, in about half an hour, I sat down with an image editor and created the cover for the third book. As in, other than some tweaks to text, it’s, like, perfect. So I have no cover to the book I’m working on and a damn-near completed cover to the sequel to the book I’m working on.
The kicker? I can’t tell you the title of the third book, or show you the cover, because they both constitute mild spoilers for Sunlight. So I just have to sit on this awesome thing I did and not show anybody.
Well, okay. I showed Casey’s wife today. And she thought it was awesome too. But not anybody else. 🙂