Cover Design Redux by Stacy Hoff

Book covers are like people—they both get face lifts. Does prettier wrapping work? I have the perfect opportunity to find out with SEASON OF LOVE, my romance anthology with Gerri Brousseau, Merry Holly, Bobbi Lerman and Stephanie Queen.

We were told our anthology needed a new look. Something to let readers see our work as the romantic tour de force it is. So the five of us writers got together to debate the cover we had versus a new design.

We ultimately chose a design that had more of a close-up shot of a loving couple. One that showed more physical contact between the man and woman. In my opinion, it also shows a more intense chemistry between them.

Do you agree? Does the new cover work? You tell me—here are the “before” and “after” pictures:

BEFORE                                           AFTER

Season of Love cover       SOLnew

Who knew when I decided to join four other authors in a self-publishing a romance anthology that marketing and promotion would be every bit as important as writing my individual story? Hope my marketing decisions have been right so far. The five of us will find out soon. (Insert nail biting here!)



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6 Responses to Cover Design Redux by Stacy Hoff

  1. malanouette says:

    I think the cover draws you in, but the writing keeps the reader turning the pages. Sorry I hit reblog but forgot to pick my blog. Please delete when it shows up.

  2. gailingis says:

    It’s pretty, but not extraordinary. Here’s the thing. Does it tell what’s inside? What is the focus? What motivates the characters? Where does their romance take place. I recently read an article where it asks those questions. I wish I could find the article, it was fantastic. If the cover makes a reader curious, then they’ll read the blurb and buy or not. For example, didn’t Marian’s book have guns, or fire on her covers. Jesse and Laura had ranches and mountains, Kristan’s covers are always happy, colorful and have dogs and couples wearing casual outfits, sweet, you know? What kind of image would separate your book from the million others?

  3. malanouette says:

    Our cover does show what’s inside. 🙂 Couples in Love. Thanks for the input, Gail.

  4. stephaniequeen says:

    I like the couple in the “after” cover. I find them compelling as a romantic couple–it says “in love” to me and catches my romantic inclinations.
    Great comparison, Stacy!

  5. I agree with Stephanie. I think the couple looks like they are in love.

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