I never have.
I probably never will….
I can’t imagine having the talent to create something I’m satisfied will attract a buyer by just looking at the image.
It has to be special, a peek inside the story, a vision to grab the reader’s attention.
That’s pretty well what authors need to accomplish with a very small picture – the one that readers will see for a few seconds and if we’re lucky make the choice to delve into the book behind it.
The reason I’m asking this is because I’ve recently had to work very closely with my cover artist and found out just how frustrating it can be when it isn’t quite right.
Steven Novak, the guy who’s covered my books for years, worked really hard to give me the visions I desperately wanted for my new Mob Tracker series. And I think the final book was the hardest.
Sweet Endings had to show the reader that my characters were exactly where I’d left them in Book 3. I explained what I saw in my mind. I even helped him pick out her face, because I needed her expression to be just right.
The rest he did.
And it’s perfect.
Like he’s inside my head, seeing what I saw.
Nope – don’t think I’ll be doing my own covers when I have a genius professional doing them for me.
The final book #4 for the Blockbuster Mob Tracker Series is now on pre-order.
Jacquie Biggar says
This looks so good! Congrats, Mimi!
Mimi Barbour says
Thanks, Jacquie. I love Steven’s work…. 🙂