So, if y’all haven’t guessed by now I’m slightly obsessed by covers. I don’t think that makes me unusual amongst my peers. And anyone who hangs around author blogs knows that covers can make the difference between a good day and a bad day for an author.
Those of you who are regular visitors to this blog will be able to, I’m sure, recall my Grandpa-Lit cover that inspired this blog – https://loveisthebestmedicine.wordpress.com/2012/08/21/would-you-buy-a-book-from-this-man-by-amy-andrews/
But, I’ve had a good run lately and with my latest medical – One Night She Would Never Forget (out next month) – I have been gifted an absolute beauty. A little ripper as we say here in Oz! I’ve tweeted about it and put it up on my FB page but I just can’t show this cover enough love so I made it the subject of this blog!
I think this is just about the sexiest damn cover I’ve ever had – possibly ever seen! I love it sooo much I want to have it made into wallpaper and cover my bedroom walls with it. This is the US cover. People from the UK get the same couple, the same picture, but just their faces. People in Oz – this is your cover –
Somewhat different huh?
The funny thing is – both of the covers are perfect for the story. Miranda is a single mother – has been since she was seventeen. Her days have been/are teddy bears and reading stories. Then, on a rare night out at a swanky hotel she meets Patrick, who also happens to be a single father, and they have one blistering night together.
So the covers are both right.
But you know which one I prefer right? 🙂
And it’s not really just about all that bare flesh and the sexy lingerie and the very clear message that these two people are about to get completely naked and do the wild thing. I love the way they look totally “in” to each other. I think there’s an intimacy about the pose – like they both know how precious this adult moment of togetherness is in their kid-orientated lives – which is difficult to achieve, IMHO, from two people who are essentially strangers.
It’s interesting though that both books, at least to me, convey a lot about the content. And I’m not talking about the plot. I’m talking about the sensuality and what each cover tells a reader without even having to read the back blurb.
US cover says – this book is sizzling hot.
OZ cover says – this book is rot-your-teeth sweet.
Which is a potential concern for me as an author because anyone who picks up this book thinking it’s going to be sweet is going to be kind of….surprised….. Which is fine if it ends up being a “nice” surprise but if the reader feels cheated or let down?? Especially if she’s taken a chance on me and this is her first Amy Andrews? What then? I lose a reader. And maybe quite a few more if this reader tells a whole bunch of her friends not to read me. Maybe more if she’s got a blog or takes it to FB or tweets about it.
And every reader – actual and potential – matters to me.
Sure, I know you can’t please every single person every single time but damn it, I’d like to try 🙂
So, some questions for those of you stopping by which I’d love to know the answer to and I’ll give away a copy of the book with that cover to one lucky randomly drawn commentor.
Which cover do you prefer?
Do covers make the difference to whether you buy or not or just whether you pick it up for a closer look?
Does it annoy you when a cover sets an expectation it doesn’t reach?
There…just a few q’s to be going on with 🙂
And because I’m feeling extra generous I’ll put any commenters into the draw twice if they also go and like (or already have) my FB page (and I will check ;-)) http://www.facebook.com/pages/Amy-Andrews/382936461720040?ref=tn_tnmn