Cover Up

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Once upon a time, in a galaxy far far away, that is, Champions Forest in Houston, I worked at Barnes & Noble. And for a time before that, maybe 5 or 6 months, I worked at Walden Books. When I claim to have seen more than 1000 book covers, you can best believe I ain’t never lying (as black folk in the south like to say). So, maybe I know a little something (something) about book covers. They matter. And yet they don’t. Sometimes they help sell the book, sometimes they won’t.

The above is no new revelation. My point, I suppose, if I have one and mayhap I don’t, covers are hit or miss.

As I suspected, once the novella was (finally, for the love of all that is sacred and holy) finished, I’d have to have a cover for the infernal thing. And it couldn’t be anything I created myself using my outdated, discontinued Microsoft Draw software. Although, mind you, I created some pretty cool magazine covers with that software. So, my publisher found a professional cover designer to create a professional cover, one that could stand on its own on the shelves at Barnes and Noble.  And it was time to get down on it! God bless Kool and the Gang. I was asked to complete a questionnaire and, based on my answers, they would create my dream cover. Well, a few days later, they sent a first draft.

And, let’s just say that first offering wasn’t exactly my dream cover.

It wasn’t awful, but it didn’t evoke the mood I am trying to convey with the series, and my brand of romantic suspense that I’m hoping to craft, which is “sexy danger”. After this minor setback, my publisher decided to grill me and see exactly what was my vision for the cover since I wasn’t feeling the first version. About an hour into my angst-ridden rant, I guess my publisher had enough detail to give to the cover designer for a second draft.

And, oh what a second draft it was. Hallelujah! Hope y’all love it as much as I do.

So, what do you think of the cover? Does it make you want to read Flawless Mistake? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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