I adore the excitement surrounding the revelation of a new book cover. It’s like anticipating your birthday gift or a Holiday gift. You spend a lot of hours imagining what might be in that gift box.
At the Wild Rose Press we fill out a cover art worksheet where we get to suggest what might work for our book. Authors are not usually savvy about what works and what doesn’t. We don’t know what a specific readership finds interesting, what causes one book cover to have mass appeal, or how a tiny version of our cover will show. I think that’s because we see our book in a different way than the sales and marketing and graphic design departments.
We get a mock-up of the cover, which is almost what the finished product will look like. We have the chance to address any major issues at this point. Then we get the final cover, and here only a spelling error can be changed. I rarely have issues and put my faith and trust in the departments that know more about selling books than I do. Out of seven covers, I asked for changes on one.
Here is the cover for Bachelor Island. It was a difficult concept, a Texas cowboy out of his element and participating in a reality TV show on the island of Kauai, and I had few suggestions to make. I just crossed my fingers and hoped someone else would figure it out. I think the graphic artist did a good job in capturing that spark in Wyatt’s eye, the tilt of his mouth, and the font and the colors are cheerful and maybe even a tad playful. As one friend mentioned, it says “a fun read.” I hope it is. Another friend mentioned that the hero looks like a younger version of Dermot Mulroney. 🙂 Within a day or two the cover grew on me, and now I can see my hero in that face.
Wyatt’s a great guy. I loved writing him. He knows how to laugh at himself, how to love deeply, how to work hard. When it comes to love and romance he hasn’t had much time to delve into either. First his college ex-girlfriend got pregnant. She delivered a daughter. He adored his baby and wanted them to move to the ranch. They were young, his girlfriend was a city slicker, unsure if she could live in the country. He couldn’t leave, as he’d just inherited the place and there was a ton of work. They didn’t marry, their relationship was rocky, and when his daughter was around one-year-old his girlfriend was killed in a car accident. Nine years later his little girl is growing up fast and after dealing with cancer, and now in remission, she’d love for her dad to marry. Wyatt has his hands full with medical bills, a three-year drought that has devastated his ranch, and little spare cash. An opportunity for love and money presents itself in the guise of a reality TV show on the island of Kauai.
Reality show producer + cowboy needing a miracle = sparks!
I don’t have a release day yet, but my guess is late January or February 2016. What do you think?