Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Pearls of Wisdom - A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words

This post originally appeared at The Romance Studio way back in July.

I'm excited to report that although I still don't have a release date for my next book, Love, Capri Style, I do at least have a cover. And here it is!

I like this cover. You've got the sexy but mysterious headless couple, the fun pink background and the lighthouse at Capri. It's a nice touch that the artist, Rae Monet, went to the trouble of getting an image of Capri and not just some random image of an island.

Another thing I really like about this cover is that it shouldn't offend anyone.

I loved the cover of my first book, Thirty-Nine Again. I thought it was risque without being crude or shocking. Turns out crude and shocking is in the eye of the beholder. Some reviewers refused to display my book cover. More than a few women have looked at the book, "tsk-tsk'd" at the cover and put it back down. A number who were bold enough to buy it have complained that they felt the need to hide it from their kids.

And an amazing number of people thought it was quite a bold and controversial book, because they believed the couple on the cover is two women. Me, I thought the guy was kind of hot. But I always have had a thing for androgynous males, going way back to David Bowie in his Ziggy Stardust days. So I guess I'm not the best judge of manly-looking book cover heroes, eh?

Authors don't usually get the final say on their book covers. However, most reputable publishers will ask for your feedback before going to print. It's a good idea to consider who you expect your audience to be. If you're aiming for a bunch of forty-something women who might have little kids at home, you might want to suggest to your editor that everyone on the cover be fully clothed. No matter how much you personally might like that naked androgynous guy. And that's my pearl of wisdom for this month!

Lynn Reynolds is the author of "chick noir" suspense novel Thirty-Nine Again, which RT Book Reviews called "a first-class mystery and a first-class read." Her next book, Love, Capri Style, is a sun-drenched, fun-filled contemporary romance set on the island of Capri.