The cover art process: like giving birth?

I have to admit, seeing my new book covers for the first time has got to be one of the most thrilling aspects of being published. And yet, with my eighth book coming in August, it remains a bit of a mystery to me as well.

I’ll share a bit of the process with you. With my publisher Liquid Silver Books, the authors are sent a cover art request form after a book has been contracted. In this form, we detail what the main characters look like (tall, blonde, brown eyes, muscles, tattoes, etc.) The publisher takes this information away and the graphic artist proceeds to develop a cover that best represents the feel of the book and the characters.

And while we wait for the results, we authors can often feel as if we are on pins and needles. I’ve never been disappointed with any of my covers, and rarely have I had to go back and request tiny changes. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not nerve-wracking waiting for that cover to take shape.

It’s a little like giving birth to a child. Even though you may be able to imagine what your progeny will look like, it’s hard to picture how the miracles of genetics will arrange all those attributes. And it’s exciting to receive the email in which you get the first glimpse…kind of like that first ultrasound photo. You spy arms and legs (and often a bare, male chest in the case of romance books) and absorb the beauty of this new creation. I am always astounded and tickled and don’t think I’ll ever stop looking forward to new cover art.

Well…imagine my surprise and delight this past week when I got to meet not only the photographer of my newest cover, but also the models! Online, at least. πŸ™‚ We get to converse with the graphic artist in our line of work- always a pleasure- but I’ve never met any of my photographers and models before. This week, I did, thanks to wonderful graphic artist Lyn Taylor, the creator of my upcoming cover for Predator’s Serenade (release Aug. 12).

Predator's Serenade

Through Lyn, I met photographer Taria Reed and my lovely models Louis Bottone (my dashing hero) and Alisa Sharoikina (my gorgeous heroine). We have since all chatted on Facebook and I am so excited that we all had the chance to work together. Being able to meet these partners added another element of excitement to an already-exciting process for me, and I am thankful to all of them.

I don’t think I will ever take a book cover for granted, knowing the work that goes on behind the scenes to make one. Β And I am particularly proud of this new child of mine and all the partners who were involved in conceiving it with me.

Gosh, that did sound dirty… πŸ˜‰

Predator’s Serenade will be available August 12 from http://www.lsbooks.com

15 thoughts on “The cover art process: like giving birth?

  1. Rosanna,
    When you revealed the cover for Soren’s book (“Predator’s Serenade”) on your Facebook page, I was so excited to see a blonde hero with a brunette heroine. Readers already met Soren and knew he was sex on two legs and could have any woman, but to see him with a dark-haired lady was my happy day. It is rare to see this combination, because the hero is typically tall, dark and handsome. Hot, but predictable.

    To hear that you met all the folks involved in the photo shoot, including the cover models, adds another dimension to the photo, because you were there to ensure they captured the essence of your characters. The result is hot, hot, hot, and my favorite pairing!

    Congratulations, and I cannot wait to read about the woman who finally “tames” Soren.
    Hugs,
    Michelle

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    • Thanks Michelle and I’m thrilled you’re excited! I should clarify, I’ve only met these lovely folks online but already feel as if I know them through their work and they have just been lovely. It’s a thrilling process and I’m so glad it gives my readers a thrill too! Thank you.

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    • It was such a treat, Christy! I’ve never been able to do that before. I wish I could meet my previous models, but alas!

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    • It’s pretty surreal, Moni. And yes, Louis is very handsome, although short-haired in real life. And the lovely Alisa is actually a blond! I had to ask for dark hair as per my heroine, but she suits both! LOL

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  2. As Rosanna mentioned Soren (Louis) did actually have short hair in the stock image and Alisa’s hair was blonde. The cover came together surprisingly well, except I think I used a brown bear in the original draft, not realising Soren was actually a Polar bear LOL! Hair has got to be a cover artists biggest headache and the stock image pool is very limited when it comes to blonde haired men. I don’t know why, perhaps they’re all down at the beach surfing or something πŸ˜‰ But I’m glad I’ve been able to fool people into believing Louis did actually have long blonde hair and Alisa’s character was dark brown. My mission is complete! πŸ˜€

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      • LOL! That’s okay Rosanna .. we’ll just have to get into Taria’s ear and see who she can dig up that has long blonde hair. It would certainly be popular stock πŸ˜€

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  4. I was so excited when I found Louis and asked him to pose for book cover images. I’ve worked with Alisa previously on other covers and had a great time. I knew it would be magic to get them together and couldn’t wait to see the images after the shoot. Louis burns down my studio no matter who I pose him with ;o) I’m happy Lyn found my little stock site (www.TheReedFiles.com) and felt that Louis IS your Soren. I can’t wait to read the book (and make Louis read it too…lol). CONGRATS ROSANNA!!

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    • Thanks so much, Taria! I love the photo and would love to reunite this crew on a future cover. Oh, and I can’t wait to hear what Louis thinks of his alter ego! LOL Thanks for sharing!

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