In the United States authors and readers clamor to see book covers, we ooh and aah, we hang large versions on our walls (yes we do). We pick up books with covers that catch our eye. But, what if books had plan covers, distinguished only by color and font? Well, I know they wouldn’t look as pretty on my book shelves, but would that eliminate some prejudice? Would it lower the cost of publication? Would people read books because of the inside and not the outside? Today, Adria Cimino shares her experience as a writer, publisher, and ex-pat in France! Share your thoughts about what draws YOU to a WF book cover (Adria is a publisher, after all) in the comments and please welcome Adria to WFW! Amy xo
There is undeniable joy to having in-real-life friends who are authors. Hugs and wine are just part of it. I am always so happy to share in my friends’ triumphs (tribulation sharing builds the bond, but it’s not joyful).Truly, what more could a writer want than to be part of someone else’s story?
That’s why today I’m thrilled to present the cover for my friend, Renee Rosen’s, cover for her next novel, WHAT THE LADY WANTS.
When this photo of us was taken, just a few weeks ago at our favorite meeting place in Chicago, there were still tweaks and decisions to be made, there was still no official date she could share the cover. Now it’s here!
Renee is also the author of DOLLFACE, and you can read the WFW interview here.
But right now, let’s focus on WHAT THE LADY WANTS.
While THE GLASS WIVES is now listed on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble, it is there without its cover. It’s a little frustrating, I know. I assume that one day I’ll just pop over there and the cover will be there, the same way I popped over last Monday and the book was listed. Publishing is full of fits and starts, surprises and delays. But frankly, when the waiting results in something so cool as my book for sale, I’m okay with the waiting. Probably because I’ve seen the cover — or what I hope will be the cover — but the buck doesn’t stop here and I cannot share. Yet. I LOVE the cover and hope you will all love her too. (Yes, the cover is feminine. And since it’s women’s fiction, it totally works for me.)
So here I sit. I do visit the sites several times
an hour per day per week to see what, if anything, has changed. I count the “likes,” I watch the rank, even though I’m not sure what any of it means or if it really means anything at all.
As I wait for the image to magically appear online — I look at other book covers. What draws me in? What makes me pass? What colors appeal to me? What images make me cringe? (Sorry, Fabio.)
I’ve notice the trends in a lot of women’s fiction that includes cropped parts of women’s bodies or the backs of heads. I like those covers. I like NOT seeing faces because I like discovering a character’s face on my own, in my own head. But the back of a head, or an arm, or dangling legs? Yes, that evokes the right tone for many novels. I also notice a lot of flowers on book covers for books that are not about flowers. Flowers are pretty, so that makes sense to me. I don’t require literal covers for the books I pick up — just something eye-catching. What confuses me sometimes is then a cover does not really convey the tone of the book. I may pick up a book because I like the cover, read it and love it and realize the cover has nothing to do with the book and is even a little misleading.
I was fortunate to meet my cover designer this summer and that’s the only message I passed along, when asked. I didn’t have a specific image in mind for THE GLASS WIVES, I didn’t have colors I loved, or really anything I hated. All I wanted was that the cover convey the tone of the book. For example, whimsical covers are very popular. Cutesy covers are adorable and I always pick them up, but I didn’t think either would fit the novel, and my editor agreed. And lucky — so did everyone else who has a hand in the cover process like marketing and sales. Did you know they have a say? Now you do!
While we wait for the cover of THE GLASS WIVES to be officially released – tell me what you like about certain book covers and what you don’t like. Tell me what you’d never pick up in a gazillion years. Tell me what you think of this body-part trend and what other trends you’ve noticed in book covers.
Please help me pass the time as I
patiently await the next part of this story!