My novel has reached the design stage. In this case, "design" refers to the exterior, not the content. I have an appointment next Tuesday afternoon for a telephone conference with my Publishing Services Associate. (I had to go back to the email and look up the title. All these friendly helpers at iUniverse are hard to keep track of, even harder when they change in the middle of the process.) We'll be discussing and choosing a cover illustration, the content and placement of the blurbs on the back, and other packaging decisions.
The cover design service is included in the package that I purchased from iUniverse, as is cover copy polishing. CCP involves examining the promotional text I submitted for the back cover and injecting enough zing to make it even more enticing to a reader in my target audience.
We're still looking at a March release date for The Earthworm That Blows No Trumpet, but I'm thinking April is more likely. Stay tuned.