This morning, my publisher sent me a first draft of the cover art for ‘Church of Golf.’ It was a nice start. It had the bright green grass in the background like I wanted. It had the title arranged like I wanted, but the font used for the title made the book look like a church bulletin — totally the wrong ‘feel.’ Back to the drafting board with some more edits.

Seeing the draft cover makes the final product feel real and close at hand. I’ve spent much of the past two-and-a-half years throwing text into a deep hole, waiting for signs it was filling up. Only recently have I seen those signs — such as seeing the cover art and listening to readers tell me how much they liked the ending of the story.