A Cover is Born
I know we should be having Red Pencil Thursday today, but my volunteer is out of the country and asked if I’d bump her critique till she was back. Watch for RPT next week. Today I thought I’d give you a peek into what goes into bringing you my Rock*It Reads ebooks.
Part of the fun of doing my Rock*It Reads indie pubbed books is working directly with a designer to craft the covers. For my traditionally published books, I fill out a little questionaire and make suggestions, but I don’t see anything till the art departments at Kensington and Sourcebooks come out with the final product. Now that I’ve been through the process with a designer a few times, I have a fresh appreciation for the detailed work they do.
For Touch of a Lady, my soon-to-be-released prequel to the Touch of Seduction series, I was amazed at how far removed from the original photo the final cover turned out to be. My designer sent me a number of pictures of couples to pick from and the reason I liked this one was the way both the man and woman seemed intent on tearing off each other’s clothing. Since this is a “love at first sight” story, that seemed to fit.
But, my hero and heroine both have dark hair and these two are blondes. My heroine’s dress needed to be peacock blue and the straps were so not right for the era and the skirt was too narrow. My designer was able to fix all that with Photoshop and judicious cropping.
Since Touch of a Lady is connected to a traditionally published series that comes out from Kensington, it needed to fit with the tone and design of those books. How could my designer make this Rock*It Reads novella match the rest?
Fortunately, she was able to find and purchase the exact same scrollwork the Kensington artists used for author name/title treatment for Touch of a Thief, Touch of a Rogue and Touch of a Scoundrel. This little detail really helps my self-published story dovetail with my New York published ones.
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Some of you may remember a couple years ago when I posted chapters of A Duke for All Seasons as I wrote them. I was wondering if you’d all enjoy seeing a serial version of an upcoming Rock*It Reads here on my blog as I work through it. Or would you rather wait for the final product? Let me know and I’ll go with the majority opinion.