Okay, no, I don’t want to talk about sex at all. I want to talk about covers. But I got your attention, didn’t I?
And that’s the whole point of a cover. See the nice segue-way, there? I don’t just randomly yell the word sex. SEX!!!!
My cover is, as I write this, being carefully crafted by the AMAZING artist Sharon Tancredi:
I have seen the sketches, and I am over the moon with her, her aesthetic, and her ideas for Tempest. She is also an insanely nice woman who took the time to read my manuscript AND email me about it. So I feel I am in very good hands.
A lot of people have asked me about this part of the process. It seems, in many ways, the part everyone is most interested in. They’ve wanted to know how much input I’ve had, etc. My experience has been unique, I think, in that the Orbit team just does everything right. I think I’ve had quite a bit of input on the cover, to a certain extent, but I’ve mostly spent that time shouting, “OHMIGOD YES! YES YES YES!!!”
I am like the Molly Bloom of the Urban Fantasy world, with my neverending affirmations.
My point is not actually Joycean; my point is that covers are important. I know it; you know it. I buy books for their covers. Not all the time, but it happens quite a bit. Especially if it’s a book by an author I otherwise don’t know.
So, let’s talk about covers, as I open up the floor to you guys. For the non-author types: what kinds of covers do you look for? How important do you think a cover is to you? What would you like to see? What’s an example of a great cover for you. For the authors out there, what was your experience with getting your cover like? Do you have a dream cover/cover artist? Any apocryphal stories floating around regarding covers?
PS: For a sneak peek into Orbit’s art department, go to: