After tallying all the comments, the cover art selected is: Cover 2!
Which is, coincidentally, the cover I liked best, too.
So now what happens? The manuscript is in its final edits, which means I am reading it aloud one more time. After that, I will begin the formatting. One format for the Kindle, one for the paperback, and possibly one more for the hardcover. My manuscript will be a book.
With each platform, I will re-read the book (yes, cover-to-cover), looking for errors. For these re-reads, I will read the actual medium. The e-book will be downloaded to my Kindle. I will order a proof copy of the paperback, and the hardcover. Any changes I make will now have to be made in all the formats, plus the original Word file.
It's all painstaking, but IMHO, all worth it. Is perfection too much to ask for?
My little author's heart would love to publish it as soon as I get this all finished, but my publisher's head says no. We need to elicit reviews. We need to set up book signings. We need to engage potential readers and build excitement.
What do we want? The 5th Peri Minneopa Mystery!
When do we want it? NOW!
When will we get it?
FEBRUARY 21, 2020.