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Diamond Road Cover Reveal

I cannot believe that in a few short days the books will be in my tiny little anxious hands.  It’s ok.  It’s all just new to me.  I’ll adjust.  I sure hope you like it.  Cover Reveal 6

When I started writing the book Diamond Road I wasn’t thinking much about the cover but following the characters as they grew and the storyline developed. It obviously would include a road but what else? As the manuscript neared completion I started seeing the main character of the book walking along a road. I wondered about the things she would contemplate if she were walking it during the various stages of her story.

Conveying all of the emotions through the cover seemed a daunting task. Would it be possible to find an image for purchase that would work? I couldn’t find anything that came close. Finding images of Kansas wheat fields check. Beautiful images, all but none including a model that felt right, concerning the thoughts of this girl, the most important part of the book.

Enter Diane White Vitale of Photography by Di, and a listening ear. We began looking for the perfect road, with wheat, and the right light conditions. She listened, took a lot of test shots, went to locations with me and found the right shots to use in composite. With the assistance of her daughter Carmin Vitale Russ who is the lovely cover model, and trusted college Rico Allende-Goitia created several composite pieces that we studied over and talked about. They did fantastic work and I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome.

I can’t thank Diane White Vitale enough for her work on this project. You can see the cover image soon at the cover reveal on the Gingerwrotewhat Facebook page. I will share even more images from the shoots soon on my new blog gingerwrotewhat.wordpress.com


The Art of Book Covers~

I’m learning.  A lot.

So I’m learning about book covers to be exact.  My debut novel is coming out next month and I hope to share the cover in a reveal very soon.  So stay tuned.

It has been somewhat of a learning process though.  Use photos, or artwork?  Depict a scene, or the overall essence?  The book is the first in a series of four, so what is the cohesion factor that will bind them all besides the words on each one saying, A Lost & Found Novel?

I am so very thankful that my book was picked up by a traditional publisher that prides themselves on working with the author’s vision.  It would be just fine if they showed me what the cover was going to be and that was it, but I wouldn’t learn a whole lot that way.

This way, I learn about promotion and that short ten to twenty seconds that a book cover has to grab a potential reader’s attention.  My hope is the story will keep their attention long enough that it doesn’t matter what the second cover in the series looks like.

But this first one, seems an awful lot is hanging on it.

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