“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”
— The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
When you jump into a fantasy manuscript, new worlds begin to unfold around you. You seek descriptions of lands and laws, people and customs and events that could become the cover. I’ve always been very careful to not give the entire story away, understanding that my job was to create interest. People pick the book up because of the cover and continue reading because of the author.