The plight of covers…
Now let me say first that if you are not a USA today or an NYT bestseller, you get what you get. I have had very little say-so in covers over the years. For Harlequin, none. No input yet all authors have to give scene descriptions so they can make a cover. You see how that works, ey?
I recall, when my editor Kate Duffy asked about covers, I mentioned I hated Teal and pink. I’m writing action adventure, it needs dark and mysterious. Other than Naked truth, a cover I loved, I had three more with pink, teal and blue. I was not happy. A high action thriller with a pink cover?? If I were writing Palm Beach fiction (hi Rhon) that would be great. I disliked a couple covers because I recognized the H&H pose from old historical novels.
Now, a cover I loved was Naked Truth. It did the job without leading the reader down a different path. The color wash over them was the first, and as Kate predicted, many publishers copied it. She knew it would happen and asked that I not put the cover on my web site until the release date. I obeyed, yet within months. There were thousands with the same look. So if you see a cover with a color wash over it, mine was number one.
When it came to my historicals, the only one I truly loathed was The Irish Enchantress and that’s because the colors were completely off. It looked like a bad bruise, imo. But the Irish Princess cover was as if someone jumped in my brain and repeated it in ink. So when you get a cover, ask yourself if you can live with it. As a writer published in print, and low on the totem pole, I had very little input and often, just lived with it.
So….any other cover nightmares out there?