I’m often asked how much input an author has on a cover’s design, so I thought I’d blog about that today.
The question - How much influence does an author have on their book cover?
The short answer - It depends on the publisher.
The long answer - All publishers are interested in what an author envisions for their cover and most have some sort of questionnaire for the author to provide details about the book’s setting, hero or heroine’s physical appearance and anything else important that conveys the essence of the book.
What does Love Inspired do? - They ask us to submit written descriptions of three different scenes we’d like for our cover.
My editor also has me email pictures that portray my thoughts. I spend hours searching the Internet for a representation of the cover in my mind, and then when I find a picture that is close to my thoughts, I send it to her along with the specific mood and feeling I want to portray. If she thinks my ideas won’t work, she asks for more options.
Sigh, more searching for pictures. (If you’ve ever searched for pics on the Internet you know the interesting??? photos your search can return!)
To the right is one of the photos I sent for Behind the Badge.
I asked to have more pine trees and the hat added to the scene, along with a darker more suspenseful feel.
They got it right, don’t you agree?
Hunting for photos is a tedious task, but a very important one, and I am grateful for Love Inspired’s commitment to include the author in this decision. I am happy to say they have always used my suggestions. And the covers have been fabulous.
So how many of you buy books because of the cover or at least pick them up because the cover interests you?
Behind the Badge- Coming in June 2011
“YOUR SISTER IS NEXT.”
A killer is threatening the life of rookie cop Sydney Tucker’s sister—unless Sydney turns over evidence from a drug bust. But she doesn’t have the evidence. Not that the thug believes her. Now she and the sibling in her care are under the watchful eye of Logan Lake police chief Russ Morgan…but will his protection be enough? The killer is closing in, picking off the people and places that mean the most to Sydney. A list that now includes Russ. To protect her loved ones, will she pay the ultimate price—her life?