Gee, I haven’t heard from Jennifer in a few days. I wonder what she’s been up to?
BOOK COVER HELL!!!!
I finally finished my quick rewrite of my first book in The Purity of Blood series. I want to do a relaunch for it and send it out to some reviewers. That said, I want her spiffied up and ready to shine like the glorious masterpiece she is. Sometimes you have to rip the band-aid off and toss out your stubborn notions. I’ve been doing that these past few days which is what consigned me to Book Cover Hell, a place of torment and suffering for those who strive for nothing but perfection.
Why don’t you just hire someone to do your covers?
Well, in a perfect world, I could consign someone else to book cover hell, but alas, old Jennifer has a hard time letting go of control (and money) when it comes to covers.
So what’s the problem?
The problem is, I want a cover that will SELL BOOKS! I know, I’m now on my way to writer hell for profaning my work with a cover that will …. help sell the book more than be a representation of the inner workings of my masterpiece. This is where the tossing of my notions comes in. When I designed the cover for this book (about two years ago) I had in mind to do the single item sort of cover (think Twilight and 50 shades book covers) But in hindsight, I’m thinking that if you’re not a known author, that may not be the best way to go.
Yes, this is true, but true as it may be, I may profane my masterpiece with a cover that sells, but AS God AS MY WITNESS, A half-naked man (or woman) will never grace the cover of a Jennifer Geoghan novel. Don’t get me wrong, I love a half-naked man as much as the next red-blooded American gal, but let’s face it, they don’t exactly scream good literature. My books may be romance inspired novels, but I do my best to create artful literature as well.
So whatch gonna do now?
I’m glad you asked. I … dropped the lion. God, it was soooo hard. I really love my lion. It has real meaning in the novel too. Not only that … I dropped the DNA strand. Gees …. I’m dying here. Someone open a window, I think I’m getting the vapers. Yes, the lion and the DNA strand were the band-aids I ripped off like a virgin running out of a whorehouse.
So what evolved out of my weekend in book cover hell. This:
Why the red hair? My protagonist, Sara, has a flaming head of red hair. It’s also feminine and lends towards a bit more of an air of romance than my trusty old lion. For comparison’s sake, here’ what I’m currently using as a cover:
So, what do you think???? Will my new cover attract more sales?
Thoughts? Predictions? Let’s hear em’!!
Jennifer Geoghan, Author of The Purity of Blood novels and If Love is a Lie: Finding and Losing Love Online.