On Friday I received the first pass at book covers for Entangled by Midsummer, my upcoming novel. I spent the rest of the day trying not to stare at them every three minutes. 🙂
There are four different covers, each using different images, fonts, etc. I can’t share the images here since I haven’t purchased the rights to the artwork yet, but I can say all four are very different from one another. Two immediately appealed to me more than the others – not that the other two aren’t good, because they are. But I don’t just want an interesting, appealing cover; I also want something that fits the story itself.
I knew that my first reaction might be a bit hasty, so I decided to spend the weekend thinking about this. I also asked a small group of friends and family for feedback, which has been fascinating. Some people love the one cover that I feel doesn’t fit my story at all. Some people will love a cover others hate. And there’s one that several people find odd or creepy, even though they say they’re drawn to it.
I’ve narrowed the two down to four, and will start talking with the cover artist about options for fonts, colors, etc. I’m pretty sure I know which one will end up being the winner, but the artist might come up with something that could change my mind, so we’ll see how this shakes out.
In other news, I’m still slogging through the short stories for the anthology workshop – only one more week to go! Not only do I hope to learn more about how to improve my own skills (there’s always room for improvement!), I’m also looking forward to talking with so many other writers. It’s going to be a great week of class!