Covers are important. I know we’re advised not to judge books by them, but I do anyhow.
My publisher sent me the finalized version of my cover, which I’m now able to share.
I think Barbour’s team did a great job. Why? Because it’s my book, and I’m biased. 🙂
In all seriousness, I’m delighted with the cover, in part because it answers many of the questions I ask when I look at a book’s cover.
Is it a romance? The use of the word “bride” in the title lets readers know it is, and the beautiful cover model reinforces that fact.
Is it a contemporary or a historical? Several factors show the reader that the book is a historical: the style of the model’s dress, her hairstyle, the Old West town behind her, and the use of the Western-style font for my name.
Where does the story take place? The use of “El Dorado, California” in the title makes this quite clear. The number and sizes of the buildings show that El Dorado is likely a small town, which is true.
Is the tone of the story dark, funny, or sweet? This can be harder to determine, but I like to think the cover hints at the fact that the story is a sweet romance. What gives me this impression are the choice of colors, the light sky as opposed to a dark one, and the absence of a fearful look on the model’s face. There aren’t any obvious humorous touches, so I wouldn’t expect an overly funny story. (I’ll let you in on a secret. There are some fun places I hope make readers smile or maybe even chuckle a time or two. 🙂
As the author, I can look at the cover and see how Barbour’s design team worked hard to add some important elements from the story.
- The intent look on the model’s face, coupled with her stance, do an excellent job of conveying Elenora’s determination.
- The tall building beside the model’s left elbow is Ellie’s shop, and it contains some important features that play a part in the story.
- Ellie plays violin, and I’d hoped to see her instrument on the cover, although I didn’t see how that would be possible, since her shop is the primary focus of the story. Barbour’s design team figured out how to include it, using it as the icon between the title and my name.
I’d dreamed of seeing my name on a book cover for years and wondered what the cover would look like. Would I like it? The answer is yes. I’m delighted with the cover and am grateful to Barbour for doing such a good job.
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If you’ve had a book published, what was your reaction when you saw your cover?
If you dream of having a book published, what do you imagine your cover will look like?
If you are a reader, what questions do you like to be answered when you see a book cover?