I’ve kept this story to myself, except for sharing it with a few writer friends, then with my lovely bookworms (my read and review crew). Now I’ve decided to share it with my blog readers. It’s about something, that if you follow my books much, you may have already noticed.
I have a duet out this month for the Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance line. I’ve spent the month of September talking about those books, too. You can check out the book blurbs and Dear Reader letter in the last two blogs.
Today I’m doing a comparison with the UK book cover versus the North American. Same book, two continents (Canadian art department makes North American covers and UK does M&B covers). Since the UK is the home base for Medical Romance, theoretically, the author should see those covers first. But we don’t get the jpegs sent to us, so most of us go out fishing around the web to see which booksellers have it posted first. Usually Amazon wins. So at two months out I started checking the usual sites for any signs of my books. Finally, on UK Amazon, I found it! It was a man holding a baby. Fantastic right?
Boy was I disappointed. The man in question looked nothing like the Cole Montgomery I’d conjured up while writing the brilliant, Wyoming born-and-raised, son of a cattle rancher, neurosurgeon. He was once a junior rodeo champ, until a bad fall in high school. He knew his way around horses.
What I saw on the UK cover was a scrawny guy who looked nothing like Josh Brolin holding an amazingly adorable baby. I realize the art department wanted to feature a baby on the cover, and that was great! But…the rest broke my heart.
As authors often do, when things go wrong, we contact our editors. Fortunately my editor puts up with my occasional nut-job shenanigans. By the time we authors get our book covers, we’ve often written a couple other books, which was true for me in this case, and that is what the editor is concentrating on, the newest books, not last year’s books!
I knew I couldn’t have the UK cover changed, it was already posted on all the usual book sites, right? But I begged for some intervention to occur with the North American cover, which hadn’t come out yet. Well, some e-mails must have flown between my editor in the UK and the NA art department, because a couple weeks later I was sent my US covers for the duet in jpeg form. When I opened Father for Her Newborn Baby I wanted to cry. It was gorgeous!
Then I laughed. They’d given the guy from the UK cover plastic surgery and sent him to the gym to build up his biceps! They’d also put a different tint on the entire picture, baby was no longer in pink. The subtle changes were amazing.
All I can say is, thank heavens for Photoshop!
QUESTION FOR READERS: Does a so-so book cover affect your book buying?
GIVEAWAY: I have the UK version, duet to give away including: Hot-Shot Doc, Secret Dad Book #1, and Father for Her Newborn Baby book #2 Comment to win.
P.S. I am currently in Ireland, so I won’t choose a winner until I return. Comment as many times as you’d like for extra chances to win this book.