Author, A.S. Fenichel, wants us to talk book covers this week. We are to pick three of our covers and tell the process for the design or if traditionally published, our first impression of our shiny new cover.
My first cover was by a small publisher and the artist gave me what I’d asked for, which was probably not the best thing. It was too busy and didn’t show well as a thumbnail. I’ve since regained rights for the novella, changed the title and self-published with a new cover.
I designed this cover with the help of Photoshop, creating the winged tattoo. I’m proud of it and believe this cover is more in tune with the story.
Hot as Blazes is the first cover Kensington created. My first impression was, “he’s shirtless.” Awesome! I would have like more of a six-place but love the color combo and they way they worked the title and my author name into the pic.
This is my second novel written (after the first that will never see the light of day) and is my favorite book thus far.
The third cover I’ll present belongs my SEAL story that started with a working title of Trident Valor. The publisher thought it sounded like a paranormal read. My writing buddy and friend, Georgiana Harding, came up with Sand and Sin and Kensington selected it from a list.
First thought was “nice bod.” I like the cover and colors but wished they’d forgone the tattoo over his heart . SEALs prefer anonymity and wouldn’t put their “Buds” symbol on their chest. In the story, the hero actually had an eagle on one of his shoulders.
I am one of those who judges a book by it’s cover. If it doesn’t catch my eye, I probably won’t even read the blurb unless someone has recommended it. I’m also a snob about false advertising. If you you have half naked people on the cover, they better get naked in the book and preferably more than once! LOL. Now on to Leslie Hachtel who has some lovely covers.