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Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Back it up...


Do not speak of rhinoceros if there is no tree nearby...Zulu proverb...

'Absolutely convinced when I woke up it was Thursday… what a bummer it’s only Wednesday…never mind…

I got the cover for Taking the Fall today. Its ménage romance ready to be released from Resplendence Publishing early October. As always, I believe the cover gods have smiled on me. What's it about? Well, in lieu of the blurb - I am still fiddling around with - it's about an angel and a demon who seek to manipulate a mortal to fall in line with what they want. Problem is they weren't planning on falling for her. Now, I just have to get that into a blurb - along with finish the follow up story…really, aren’t we all too busy to be at work?

Covers can be funny beasts. How so, you ask with wonder in your voice…okay, maybe you didn't but go along with me. Covers can turn a perfectly rational and reasonable author (not me, I'm neither) into either a screaming, foot stamping hellcat (guilty) or a crying wreck. Why? Well because what the author wants and what author gets is sometimes two different things. I have said many times on the blog I am flexible with covers and I am yet to be disappointed. I think its because I don’t have a hard and fast way the cover must be and I am open to interpretation - go wild and naked is usually what I put as a cover suggestion. Some authors are very fixed in what they want and they can be quite vocal in their dislike of a cover - and there is nothing wrong with that. It's their book, they have put blood, sweat, tears and many chocolate stains on the keyboard writing it. They should have a good cover. But what is a good cover to an author is not necessarily a good cover for the publisher so it can become a clash of the titans and only one is going to win. Guess who? Yes, the publisher and the author has to pull up her big girl panties and move on...as you do when things give you the irrits.

Other author’s comments on your covers can be interesting. I have had some that run the gamut from the vague 'oh isn’t that pretty' to 'well, your books always sell so your name is the most important thing people will look at' to 'well, it's okay for one of your books' to – and this is my all time favourite - 'that cover model's back has been featured on another cover and you should demand it be changed.' Hmm…yes, possibly it has but then I don’t analyze men's backs and turning a cover down because his back - gasp, shock -has been seen before is insane to me and not a justifiable reason to chuck a hissy fit. Who the heck would take that seriously? Yes, I think everyone should have high expectations but reality has a way of biting when you least expect it so why make life any harder for yourself over a man's back? Back off from the back I say or maybe don’t look back? A back by any name is still a back...

So multiple back or not….hmmm…there could be a story in that... yes I do believe covers are initially important but in my less than humble opinion, they are not the be all and end all. Sure they attract the eye but to keep the reader there and ready to buy is the blurb. We all know readers will only read genres they are interested in. That's not rocket science. If they turn the hot cover over or click on it and read that it's ménage and they wanted sweet romance or sci-fi romance, they are not going to buy it no matter how sexy the cover is. Alternatively, I have been utterly fascinated by some bloody strange/ugly/deceptively plain covers and been attracted to buy. I'm certain I'm not alone in that. So, I really don’t believe there is any hard and fast rule what cover will sell a book. And, to blame the cover for poor sales is, to me, a cop out.

So opinions? Anyone have back issues or pissed off with their cover? Come tell Auntie Amarinda.



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8 comments:

Sandra Cox said...

Another winning cover. The cover gods do smile on you. And rightly so!

Anika Hamilton said...

I really love this cover.

I have also seen covers that I don't like and still purchase the book because it is the kind I normally like. Plus if the cover is bad, that has no bearing on whether the story is well written.

Molly Daniels said...

I also like the new cover!

Hahaha...had some friends over last night as I was scrolling through your blog. The 'Anything But You' cover caught their eye and the man goes, "OMG..they're NAKED!"

His wife hurried over and is now curious about your books! Expect to have a new reader soon:)

Anny Cook said...

I love all of your covers. And yes the cover gods have smiled all over you...

Good blog.

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

The cover gods do indeed smile. ANd his back looks juuuusstt fine!

Jacquéline Roth said...

I wonder what you're sacrificing to the cover gods because your covers are consistently wonderful. This new one is no exception.

I do think covers play a part, but I also think genre is most important. I have a cover I really don't like much, but it has sold better than the one that has my favorite cover. *shrug* I honestly have no idea.

Ashley Ladd said...

Um...covers...

I've never complained about covers. Some are great, some are okay, and some I'm really not in love with. A couple of the ones I'm not in love with haven't seem to hurt the books, in fact, they sold very well.

I hope the publisher knows what helps sell and so I trust their judgment. I'm not usually one to complain, either. I've known other authors that have, but I feel we need to know what battles to fight and so far, that's not been one I felt I needed to. Hopefully, readers will buy my books because they like my stories.

Regina Carlysle said...

I can't believe I missed your yummy cover. I love it but all your covers are wonderful. My first book had the ugliest cover in the world but I had some letters saying they loved the story. Sooo...in the end, it's the story not the cover that's important. I love the green on this one. Very pretty. Great BACKS too. snicker