Even though I'm a writer, I'm an extremely visual person. So, getting a cover for my book is really one of the most exciting moments of the process for me. Seeing how a cover artist has interpreted my story and brought it visual life is fascinating!
My editor shared this awesome image (which you can see better here) which shows the process of how Harlequin covers used to be made. Very cool!
These days the Harlequin covers are photos, and could either be a custom picture or a manipulated stock images.
With my first book, Only The Brave Try Ballet, the original photo was a stock image with a woman's bare feet wrapped behind a man's back. The team digitally included the pointe shoes and tutu to suit my story.
The are the English language versions (Australia with the red banner, US with the pink, and UK with the blue) which all use the same image.
Personally I LOVE the pink KISS covers - not just mine but all the ones they made when the line was still around. They just had such a fun, bright, flirty tone to them. It was a perfect match to the books.
Here are the non-English versions (Lithuanian with the orange, Hungarian with the red, and German with the dark red.)
Which ones do you prefer?
And I'm curious, for covers in general, what draws you in?
- Do you like a couple on the cover or a single person?
- Does it bother you if the people on the cover don't match what's inside the book?
- Anything that makes you just go "no way!"?
I'd love to hear which covers you love, if you have a favourite, then leave it in the comments below so I can check it out.