The Great Cover Artist Search of 2012 has come to a conclusion, and I have found my cover artist! Renee Barratt, owner of The Cover Counts, will be designing the cover for Small Things. Renee is super-affordable (leaving me more money to buy stock and advertising,) has designed some really sharp covers, and comes highly recommended by best-selling author Connie Suttle.

Thanks to everyone I spoke to about designing my cover, especially Tim Baron and Lynne Hansen. Both are insanely talented and would make a great cover for just about any book.

I do think choosing the right cover is important, a cover that manages to convey something about the book while at the same time being eye-catching. I know I’ve chosen books solely based on the cover, and sometimes I’ve even liked the book itself. I can’t wait to see what Renee comes up with!

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Oh God, Jenny thought, her heart ballooning against her ribcage. Oh God, oh God, oh God! Risking a look back, she nearly ran her bicycle into a ditch but couldn’t see a thing. She had heard the voice, though, mocking and cruel, and knew that it had to be the monster. Pushing past her cramping calves, peddling as hard as she could, she raced toward the hospital.

— Small Things, Chapter 10