By Caroline Clemmons
As Suzanne Rossi’s post shared yesterday, book covers have changed dramatically through the decades. She started with a 1914 cover and moved forward. The difference was startling.
In the years I’ve been published, covers have also changed. Consider, for instance, the cover of my first published book, BE MY GUEST, by Kensington below on the left. I hated this cover! For one thing, the hero is described in the book as having dark hair. For another, the heroine is described as having auburn hair, not orange. I don’t know what the blouse bulging between buttons represents, but I thought the image awful. But, this sale made me a published author, and I loved that.
So, when I regained the rights to my book, I republished—adding in all the suspense that had been cut to fit the line’s requirements. I used a Jimmy Thomas stock photo against a spring photo I’d taken (photo above in middle). I was never happy with that cover. Recently, Skhye Moncrief updated that cover for me with a couple who fit the characters’ descriptions in the book.
When doing a series, it’s important that the covers coordinate. I have to redo several of my series covers, but Skhye Moncrief matched the covers for my Bride Brigade series. I’m completing RACHEL now. There will be two more after her book, LORRAINE and PRUDENCE, but the covers are finished and waiting.
Authors vie for your attention. We want our book’s cover to grab your interest enough that you read the description. Not only do we want you to buy the book, we want you to read and enjoy our work. (Of course, then we want you to review the book on Goodreads and wherever you purchased the work.)
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