Last week I received my royalty statement from Mills & Boon, and I’ve been combing over the numbers ever since. One thing occurred to me – Stinky Covers Sink Sales!
One of my all time favorite books – The Boss and Nurse Albright – was fortunate to be paired in the UK with Amy Andrews for the 2-in-1 release with a cover depicting a woman and her daughter holding hands and walking through a meadow.
We sold exceptionally well in the UK with that book cover. Granted, the book cover was a bit generic, but could be construed as my heroine with her (much younger in the book) daughter. At least she had the same color hair as my heroine, Claire.
Then I saw the book cover for the US release, and my heart dropped. Was it clip art? A poorly cropped photo pasted onto a white background? When had my dashing brown haired doctor Jason turned into a toothy dental advertisement type? Claire, poor Claire, had lost her honey-colored tresses for dark brown, and her hazel eyes were coffee brown, and she was depicted as a 1970s styled RN, when she was really a nurse practitioner!
The reviews were very kind. Romantic Times gave it 4 stars. Reader ratings from Amazon and Goodreads were also good to excellent, I even received a heartfelt e-mail from Germany from a lady who thanked me for writing realistically about Lupus, but the sales plummeted in the US.
The distressing thing was, The Boss and Nurse Albright was the first book of my Santa Barbara trilogy, and how could I possibly hope to generate interest in the US in the second book if no one read the first book?
Of my list of e-book Medical Romances on Amazon US, it sells the least. I can’t help think that it’s that ugly cover blocking people from even reading the back of the book blurb:
Dr. Jason Rogers keeps people at a distance and his pain firmly inside. Until he meets nurse practitioner Claire Albright, who’s not afraid to tell him what she thinks… And then there’s Claire’s little girl, Gina, who reminds Jason of the daughter he lost. Can Claire and Gina do the unimaginable – make Jason smile again and be part of their happy family?
If I could choose a cover to represent this story the best, I would pick the lovely Italian version.
Now that’s the Jason and Claire I saw when I wrote The Boss and Nurse Albright.
Follow this link for a wonderful breakdown of each book in the Mid-Coast Medical Trilogy at Virgina Campbell’s website. Thank you, Virginia!
One thing I don’t have to worry about is the gorgeous cover of my July Harlequin and Mills & Boon Medical Romance: Dr. Tall, Dark…and Dangerous? Isn’t it gorgeous?
Now be honest – if the book cover is a clunker, do you skip over the book? Or do you read the back cover blurb anyway?
Giveaway! I’ll give an e-book copy of The Boss and Nurse Albright to two people who leave a comment this week!
Until next week, make it a great one! And don’t judge a book by its cover!