book cover art :: mapping it out

August 14, 2017

That moment when the subject line of the email says, “Cover Art Attached.” Everything else stops, and you click open the file to see what your latest book is going to look like when it goes out into the world. Sometimes, the cover art looks just right.

Other times, the artwork goes through several iterations. I suppose with a title like Map of the Heart, I should have expected some twists and turns along the way.

Here are a few of the suggested concepts:

MAP OF THE HEART cover ideas

Cue the lengthy, searching discussions. We like the REALLY BIG AUTHOR NAME. I like it, anyway.

A sense of movement in the sky…hmm. Flower petals? Butterflies? Swallows? Yes, the birds are a good motif.

The scene, though. It needed to be dreamy, and it needed some kind of focus. I remembered a nice, flattering photo Jerry took of my while I was in France, researching the story:

overlooking the Calanques of Cassis

And then I remembered my very talented nephew who creates amazing digital art:

Michael helped design the glorious luggage tags we eventually made.

Next up, a gazing woman:

Behold, a gazing woman.

Her outfit was…meh. She got a makeover. And the sky got brighter:

our fashion forward gazer

Then I thought she might need a prop. And I had just the thing–the vintage camera from the book.

Gazing woman, camera, swallows, lavender…we are good to go.

So there you have it. More than you wanted to know, right?

I’ll wrap this up with the full wrap. What do you think? Good cover? Great? Meh? Comment below!

book jacket – MAP OF THE HEART 2017

Categories : books
  • Cover is very appealing. The cover is very important. It’s what catches my eye to lure me in to see what the book is about especially if it’s an author I don’t know about. I would buy your books even if they were plain because I love your writing but thanks for making great covers and for explaining the process. Very cool.

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