We’ve all heard the saying, “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” However, a lot of thought goes into a book cover. For my traditionally published books, I have to fill out what is called an art fact sheet. I describe the hero and heroine and the clothing they may be wearing. I also describe a scene and send lots of pictures. Now I often scour the internet for pictures of people who look like my hero and heroine. I used to collect pictures from magazines and catalogs. Here are a couple of pictures I scanned and sent with my art fact sheet. This was my image of Brittany Gorman, the heroine of Montana Match.
Here is the cover.
Many of my Love Inspired covers have people on them, but I haven’t put people on the covers of my two indie books.
I had the ideas for a cover and title, but my initial thoughts didn’t make a good cover. I don’t know how to make a cover design myself, so I hire someone to do the actual design. Below is the cover of my first indie book.
Now I’m working on a follow up book to A Place to Call Home titled A Love to Call Mine. It is the story of Max Reynolds, who was the boyfriend Brittany Gorman dumped at the beginning of Montana Match.
When I first started thinking about a cover for A Love to Call Mine, I had a different title. I kept playing around with it because I wanted it to have the same feel as the other title. Then I was trying to find a photo of a small New England town, but my cover designer said all the photos I sent her were too busy. So then I decided another front porch might be the answer. I looked at a lot of front porches until I finally found one that my cover designer said would work.
My first indie book is available at most e-book retailers. You can find links on my website.
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