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Behind The Cover Art

How often have you seen this comment by readers? “I was drawn to the book because of the beautiful cover.” Or sometimes, you see this. “The story was great, but I almost didn’t pick it up because of the ugly cover!”

Writers labor over a manuscript for weeks, months, and sometimes, years. Once it’s accepted by a publisher, their “baby” goes through several processes before it finally hits the shelves. One of the most stressful of these steps is choosing a book cover. First, you have to decide which artist will be able to bring your vision to life. Do you want it drawn or Photoshopped? Do you have a preference for colors? Should there be nudity, or should we take a more subtle approach? What type of background did you envision? What do your main characters look like? Did you wish to convey passionate love or not? The questions are endless, and most writers provide more information than necessary. It takes a skilled artist to sift through the jumble of words and pull out the key element…


The winner of the gift certificate for the Reese Dante post is tinnean.  Please contact me at mickie.ashling at gmail dot com to claim your prize.

Lex Valentine will be my next featured cover artist.  The post will go live next Friday so stay tuned!

If you are a cover artist who would like to be featured on this blog, feel free to contact me at the above mentioned email.