Recently, I got the most awesome opportunity. My editor emailed me images of three couples (that I cannot share–boo!) and asked me to choose the couple I wanted on the cover of an upcoming novella.
I haven’t been in publishing for a long time, but my first book did come out in 2005, and I promise you, in 2005 no editor was asking any author which couple she wanted on her book. How times have changed!
So I fretted and paced and looked at the pictures over and over. I asked questions (to which the answer was no, you cannot mix and match) and I looked at my Pinterest inspiration board for the novella. I chose a couple and hoped I’d chosen well.
And then, two days later, I received another email with four poses from the models I’d chosen. Now I had to pick which pose I wanted. Oh, the pressure! The one where they’re looking at one another? The one where his shirt is off? The one where he’s looking directly at the reader, and she’s looking slightly overwhelmed by his handsomeness? I picked one, closed my eyes, and pressed send on my reply to my editor.
Is it over yet? I don’t know. I was told to disregard costumes and everything except the pose. I sure hope I get to see more of the cover as it evolves. I love having such a big part in what will go on the book.
And this has also given me some insight into how covers are created. It’s a process of picking and choosing and then, I imagine, some Photoshopping.
Of course, there are some photo shoots, too, but I haven’t been invited to one of those yet. In case you’re interested in how those work, here’s a link to a video from a recent romance novel photo shoot my publisher hosted.
Are you surprised many authors have so little input in their covers? Would you be surprised to know that of the covers I’ve posted here, I had no input in When You Give a Duke a Diamond and the designers followed my suggestions almost exactly for If You Give a Rake a Ruby? Let me know your thoughts. One person who comments will win either When You Give a Duke a Diamond or If You Give a Rake a Ruby–your choice!