Judging a Book by its Cover

Thanks to the efforts of Alberta Ross and Elise VanCise for reviving the “Second Tuesday Blog Hop,” now renamed to “Fellow Writers Blog Hop.” The name may have changed, but the premise remains the same—multiple blogs will be writing about a common theme on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, thereby providing readers with varying perspectives of one topic. You’ll be able to hop to different sites and discover how other writers interpret the same subject.  The link to do this is included at the end of my post.

This month’s topic is: “Judging a Book by its Cover.”

Enjoy, and stay sexy,

Eden

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Awhile ago, I answered a question for another erotica romance writer who wanted to know the inspiration behind my book cover, and whether I had say in it.

Most traditionally published writers in my genre don’t have a say. This is because publishing houses have their own staff of designers who do their covers. It makes sense as each is looking for what best represents their company. This was a concern for me when I started on the road to try and sell my book. In my mind’s eye, I had a certain look for my cover that extended beyond what I wanted—I also knew what I didn’t want. As such, I had a conflict if I sold my book to a publisher whose covers were not to my liking.

Since it was also my first book, I felt I had only one chance to make a good first impression—I didn’t want to screw it up. Given the work I had put in to the book’s content, I wanted to make sure the packaging conveyed the appropriate feelings. To use a food analogy, my fear in handing over the design to a third party was that I considered my book to be “Kobe beef.” What if I got back a cover that conveyed “chewy beef jerky”?

When I eventually self-published, I was relieved I wouldn’t have to relinquish control of the cover design.  So, how did I come up with mine?

As my book is a collection of four novellas, I couldn’t just highlight a particular story with the cover. Instead, I took the title and played on it. Two stories take place in the fall, and two in the winter, so I chose images that represented the seasons and incorporated the erotic nature by adding a picture of a female’s curvy back. From there, the layout was created with symmetry for her body against the snowdrifts. The autumn leaves falling was a play on words with the “fall” season and meant to be whimsical, creating a vertical illusion of movement.

Because the title is poetic and a metaphor for the stories themselves, I wanted the book cover to convey subtle sensuality. I’m not a fan of blatant pictures—I like some mystery. For that reason, I don’t put people’s faces on the covers as I want the readers to conjure up the images of the characters for themselves.

I hope this provides you with a better understanding of the thought process behind my book cover.

To continue to other writers’ sites who are participating in this blog hop, please hit this LINK.

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14 responses to “Judging a Book by its Cover

  1. Fantastic to see the story behind your cover (which is just beautiful). Very nice.

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  2. I think the end cresult looks amazing..It is such a great cover….

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  3. Hi Eden,

    I love your book cover. It’s beautiful. I’ve spent hours dreaming about how my book cover would look, the design has changed several times and I, too, had concerns about wanting the much needed advice and experience of those in the know without losing the control. Its fantastic to see the prospective of someone who has obviously benefited from the same situation.

    Thanks for sharing

    Erin

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  4. Love the cover. It is sensual without being explicit.

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  5. I really love your cover. It’s very catching and has that sensual quality. Very elegant and something I can take out in public prop my feet up and not be embarrassed by 🙂

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    • Hi Elise, thanks for that. I know some people still find it risqué and would not read it in public with the cover exposed, but…can’t please everyone.
      I’m glad you wouldn’t be embarrassed!

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  6. The thing I love about your cover is that it’s subtle and beautiful… too many erotica books have truly trashy covers. I had to specifically tell my publisher NO man-tittie!

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  7. jbeymer

    I’m echoing a lot of other comments here, but…that’s a nice cover! Unique and professional-looking.

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