It’s good you can’t hear me. I’m belting out–badly–I’m so excited by Donna Summer. It’s even more fortunate you can’t see me. My dancing makes Elaine Benes look like Mikhail Baryshnikov. But I’m singing and dancing anyway. I can’t stop myself because my cover is finally here.
When my book got sold, one of the first forms my publisher had me fill out was for the cover art. Knowing I’d even have a cover made me feel–finally–like a honest-to-God author.
Look, Ma, I’ve got a real book!
I had always wondered how the artist had the time to read all those books in order to create fabulous covers. Turns out they don’t. The author tells the artist all the important information they need to know. You give them the character descriptions, the sub-genre, and the general feel of your book. Then you give them your own ideas (which they often reject) as to how the book should look.
My original concept for my debut novel (a contemporary romance), DESIRE IN THE EVERGLADES, was something akin to the movie poster for Crocodile Dundee II. An elegant, city-slicker woman clutching for dear life onto a fierce looking, hulk of a man. On my book cover, however, a jungle would surround the couple. Deadly animals would be waiting to pounce. The sky above would be dark and menacing. The reader would hopefully pick up my book and wonder not just whether they’d fall in love, but whether they’d survive.
Then I read an article about books and marketing. Never clutter up your cover, the author of the article warned. “If the cover looks too busy, the thumbnail image on Amazon will look horrible. Nobody will buy that book.” Drat.
So much for my moonlighting as an art director. I’m glad I left this job to the pros. I wanted “wow factor,” and I sure as heck got it. Only in a much better way.
But I’ll let you judge for yourselves. The image is below.
What concept or project did you feel strongly about, only to have it altered for the better?
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DESIRE IN THE EVERGLADES will be made available in e-format on Amazon.com on September 17th by Soul Mate Publishing. Print books available soon.