WIP Update #7 – Title and Book Cover Reveal

Do not adjust your calendars. You are seeing another work in progress update less than two months after my most recent one. I know this has literally never happened with this specific work in progress, but it’s for a good reason.

Dear readers. I’m ready to reveal the cover and title for my book. The title of the work in progress that I’ve been working on since early 2017 will be Kotov Syndrome. The book’s title a nod to a phenomenon originally described in chess master Alexander Kotov’s book “To Think Like a Grandmaster”, wherein a player overthinks a complicated situation so much that they actually make a poor move out of desperation. The title also happens to be shared with a song by post-grunge band Rise Against, though no fiction book shares this title.

My artist for the book cover of Kotov Syndrome is the extremely talented Lauren Restivo. Lauren is the creator behind the work at Beanie Cap Prints where she has a portfolio of her work as well as some lovely prints and charms you can buy (I’ve purchased a few of the charms for myself and others…I’m a fan). You can follow her on Twitter where she often posts her artwork @beaniecapprints. She also does some 18+ art for those of you who are into that sort of thing. Not linking here for reasons1Read: The one time I did try to link to an 18+ artist’s work on my blog, Bloglovin’ threw a shitfit about my blog and banned me from being publicly shown for three years. So…, however, if you go to her Twitter bio, you should be able to find her account for that pretty easily. You can also support her on Patreon — which you should do if you can spare the money right now.

Without further ado, here is the cover for Kotov Syndrome. Hover over the image for a more clear version.

To say I’m excited about how the cover turned out would be a massive understatement. Lauren took an idea I had and ran with it, both making it her own and making it look far better than I had anticipated in my mind.

I don’t have an update quite yet as to a release date for the book, as I’m still finishing up some lingering beta reader feedback that got delayed due to COVID concerns. That said, this does put me one step closer to having this book — an over three year project at this point — published.


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    1. Thank you very much! I’m hoping to have a release date and what not set within the next month or so.

      I’m overjoyed with how the cover turned out. I had a basic idea in my mind, but this was so much better than I could have imagined.

  1. I’ve had this post open since Monday, but finally got a chance to sit down and read it. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the cover. It’s amazing and fits the story so well! Also, so does the title. Absolute perfection!

    1. Thank you very much! It took me a long time to come up with the title. I’ve had the basic premise of the story outlined since January 2017 and had this as sort of a working title since late last year. That said, I didn’t fully decide on the title until 3 days before it went out to beta readers.

      And I love this cover too. It turned out so good!

    1. Indeed! I didn’t get to have this kind of announcement for my first book because of various contractual things that happened with my old publisher before they went bankrupt. The excitement people have shown is surreal.

    1. I do love me some Rise Against. I’d completely forgotten about that some until after I was workshopping the title and someone reminded me that was a song. The chess inspiration was very real for me though.

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