Did I dream this book cover or is it really this gorgeous?

I don’t know if I should be writing this post right now because technically it’s Friday and my day to blog here on The Debutante Ball is over. But it seems like these days, the time is slipping away so rapidly! Appropriately, I’m writing about dreams from the comfort of my bed, in my pajamas, minutes away from falling asleep…

Every writer who isn’t an author basically dreams of the same things: inclusion on book lists, interviews in prominent media outlets, their book in B&N. But the beautiful thing about publishing is that the closer you actually get to publishing your book the more you learn about all the other opportunities that you didn’t even realize you’d get. Yes, I’m saying there are even more exciting things than being put on a list.

Like–for example–seeing your cover for the very first time.


Earlier today, HelloGiggles revealed the cover of THEY COULD HAVE NAMED HER ANYTHING, designed by the amazing Ron Wimberly. Later that day, I saw ACTUAL STACKS of the galley in a photo on Instagram.


And THEN, as if that wasn’t cool enough, Cosmopolitan UK included the book in a list of books by people of coloUr that you should watch out for. I’m going international GUYS! Like Pitbull!

I still can’t believe that it’s actually real. THAT’S what feels like a dream. That I’ve written a book, that it actually seems to be coming to life, and finding its way into people’s heads and hearts and Twitter timelines…. that is the dopest, most dreamy thing ever.

I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful, fitting image for the book. The color palette, the abstraction, even down to the posture of the two girls… Everything is perfect, and that necklace too… how many of you would actually wear that if I decided to make some nameplates??? God knows I’ve worn sillier things!!

Sweet dreams! xx

Author: Stephanie Jimenez

Stephanie Jimenez is a former Fulbright recipient and Prep for Prep alumna. She is based in Queens, New York, and her work has appeared in The Guardian, O! the Oprah Magazine, Entropy, and more. Her debut novel, THEY COULD HAVE NAMED HER ANYTHING, will be published in the summer of 2019 (Little A). Follow her @estefsays.

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