Ready for another episode of Evolution Of A Cover? This time, it’s for the upcoming re-release of my second inspirational romance, PERFECTING KATE. Here’s the original cover. Cute, though I was never quite happy with it. But we can do something about that!
PART I: Though the first four of my seven “chick lits” are stand alones, I decided to tie them together under the “Head Over Heels” series title—a nod to the lovely combination of romance and high heels with a big city feel. Let’s start with the first concept my cover designer worked up. I like this, but I want to keep the look of Stealing Adda by showing my heroine top to bottom–or nearly so 🙂 Thus, time to hunt down an alternative.
PART II: The alternative! Kate’s a muralist, so this is quite the fit. Now, in staying with the look of Stealing Adda, let’s flip it so the ladder is on the left-hand side, add some high heels, and show only a partial of her face.
PART III: First Mock Up ~ Love the high heels! To better tie in the books, I’d like to duplicate the cut paper background created for Stealing Adda, but in a different color. And though I like the wood floor, it’s busy. Also, I’m thinking turquoise heels would be nice to pick up on the blue in the title. Oh, and let’s show more of her face–say, to just above the eyebrows–and give her dark curly hair. Um, one more thing…Kate has a bit more up front. Can you…you know…?
PART IV: Second Mock Up ~ Love the pink background! Thumbs up on the title color change and the blue heels. What do you think about changing the paint on the roller brush to pink (as if she’s just painted that background) and the author name to blue? As for her hair… Curly is where it’s at, but I’d like to see less of it. And I’m thinking white for her top and pink for the tagline since there are a few too many colors. As for that bit up front… It’s a bit too much 🙂
PART V: The Final! Introducing the new and improved PERFECTING KATE cover that was completed last fall and took about a week from concept to finished product. Have I mentioned how amazing my cover designer is? Coming soon: the new SPLITTING HARRIET and FAKING GRACE.