The Identity Crisis of a Book Cover

Everyone knows how important it is to get the book cover right. After seeing my book come up on Amazon alongside its contemporaries, the one thing I noticed was the other books shouted romance or chicklit loud and clear yet mine seemed not to be shouting but more talking quietly.  The title, of course, indicates it’s a romance but when flicking through thumbnails on Amazon etc, the title is not often the first thing that grabs the attention of a potential reader, it’s the cover.

Cathy Helms from Avalon Graphics designed my first cover, under my brief of  ‘nothing too girly, fluffy or pink’ – well, she took that on board and together we agreed on a cover that was very much ‘me’. The Texan flag design on a stable door, with the star being replaced by a heart. However, on reflection, it didn’t say a whole lot else about my book.

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So in an effort to give more of a flavour of the story, ie. a woman at work, a bistro/restaurant, an American influence and a hint of Texas, I cobbled together a very poor Power Point representation – no, I’m not going to show you. Oh, all right then I will and, yes, you can laugh at my graphic design skills ..

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That is what Cathy had to work with and the words ‘girly, pink and fluffy’ featured highly this time. Cathy did a great job and this was the first version.

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We decided that the cursive script would be hard to read on a thumbnail, especially with my surname which, although an everyday  name in France, isn’t particularly common in the UK.  We made the pot plants smaller so they didn’t intrude, added the stars and stripes on the blinds, restricted it to three colours and added a border so that on a white background the cover didn’t just merge in.

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Although I am sad to say goodbye to my much loved original cover, I do think the objective has been achieved as there is no mistaking the genre of my book now and I have a theme I can take forward for future novels.

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21 thoughts on “The Identity Crisis of a Book Cover

  1. I love the new cover. I loved the old one two, but for all the reasons you describe, I think this one will be fantastic in advertisting your book and pulling readers in. Congrats! And as Harvey says ~ the start of a brand?? XX Rock on!

  2. I LOVE the new cover! I liked the old one too but this is definitely more eye catching and I agree that its probably more suitable for the genre. I really enjoyed United State of Love so I’m looking forward to book two 🙂

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