the ale horn?
I’m no artist, but I love art. That said, when I first entered the literary world, intent on writing a Viking series, I knew I wanted to choose a unique theme for my book covers. And my idea in no way reflected traditional romance. In fact, when I suggested weapons, everyone looked at me like I was a bit crazy—except my husband, who thinks swords, axes, and shields are cool.
One problem, he doesn’t read romance.
As every writer and reader knows, the cover helps sell the book. It’s like the shiniest/prettiest package under the Christmas tree or at a birthday party, likely to get the most attention. Would potential readers overlook my books if I didn’t follow the expected path?
After admiring, and sometimes salivating, over many of the beautiful romance covers I found on vendor sites, I decided to stick with my idea. Chances are (what I was thinking at the time), since it’s a Viking series, the readers will know exactly what they’re getting. It’s a gamble when you venture off the path.
I’m happy to report it worked out for the Blind Series.
However, as I’m moving into other genres (NA and Highlander) with a new publisher, my covers are going to drastically change. It’s exciting. And a little scary. Like I said, I’m not an artist. But I have some pretty bold ideas and certain designs catch my eye. I’m expecting my first cover in my NA series soon. I hope I love it.
As a reader or writer, what facets of a cover catch your eye?
What weapon is on the cover of Blind Mercy?