My upcoming middle grade novel, Summer on Earth, now has book cover art. For now, at least. This is a preliminary cover and the concept may still be changed going forward, but this is what will be used as a placeholder for the marketing. I like the silhouette, the bold colors and the whimsy of the cow on the water tower. The space ship will be enlarged and made more prominent, and the font will be changed to make it stand out more. For now its a start.

As a writer, I deal well with words on the paper, and I am visual, but only up to a point. It is very cool to see what other people, people with a much more artistic bent, come up with for a single image depiction of my story.  A great cover is a huge asset when marketing a book, and getting something that intrigues people and makes them pick up the book to see what it is about is the goal. I think this cover does that, but it isn’t a typical middle grade cover, either.

My publisher is still exploring some other options for cover art, so this may not be the final choice. Let me know your thoughts in the comments. Is this a good cover for a middle school novel?