Edie spoke about covers on her Monday post, and coincidentally, I’d planned to do the same 🙂
I want to put out a book in a new genre early next year, and I was trying to think up a good cover for it. It’s a fantasy based on a fairy tale, and I just was coming up completely blank on finding an image of a woman that looked right for my heroine.
I started finding lists like “The Best Fantasy Covers of 2012” and haunting royalty free stock image sites. I didn’t really even know what I was looking for, I had nothing to give to a cover designer, and I like to have at least some idea.
From my cover art trawling, I see that there is a lot of variation out there, which is a really great thing, but I’m interested in what are people’s favorites.
A) A woman on the cover, full frontal with her face visible.
B) A woman on the cover, with her face mostly obscured?
C) A woman and a man on the cover, either standing together or separately.
D) A man on the cover, full frontal with his face visible.
E) A man on the cover, with his face mostly obscured.
F) No people on the cover at all, but a more stylized image, like a shoe / flower / castle / tree.
G) You don’t mind as long as it is beautiful and evocative.
I finally found some AWESOME images, and now I have two strong contenders. So strong, I really don’t know which I like better, which is a much better problem to have than not to have any idea at all. One would be a composite image with my heroine, and some imagery that fits the book, the other, a single strong image of the heroine. Love both of them!
So which of the above choices are your favorites? I have an ecopy of In Defense of the Queen to give away to one lucky commenter.