Whew! What a summer! As you know from my last couple blogs, creating the cover for my upcoming novel has been a bit challenging. I believe I wrote about covers in the past, but normally while I am writing a new story, a scene jumps out at me and I know that is the cover. For As a Proper Lady Would it was the opening scene when five-year-old Lizzy protects the tree from the bully (see last month’s blog). I sent picture ideas to my artist friend, and she agreed to do it. Then she got COVID which kept her from working on it. Thankfully she recovered, but by that time I realized this was going to be a series and I wanted the covers to have a similar feel (and a little girl hugging a tree no longer worked). She and I played around with several ideas, but it just wasn’t coming together, mainly because I no longer knew what I wanted. I finally admitted defeat and connected her with a friend to work on a different project instead.
About this time, my daughter––who is going to school for production and design––thought she could help me out and we started again. She came up with a picture that I reluctantly selected, but when I gave her the template to actually create the cover, she bailed on me. (Just a fresh reminder not to hire family members.) In the end it was for the best as I still wasn’t completely sold on her image.
Finally, while having headshots done (did you see the new one?), I asked the amazing photographer who has done two other covers for me if she could help me figure out what I wanted. We returned to the idea of an image that stands out from each story and Lizzy’s tree presented itself again. (Because I was afraid we would not be able to find a doll accurate to the era, we did not include Cathy Dahl in the picture.) So, without further ado . . . Here is the cover for As a Proper Lady Would.
Please, share your thoughts below. I have just returned from taking my daughter to college and am finishing up my copyediting class, so the book release is next on the list. Watch social media for the actual date as I do not want to promise one and then have to change it. It will not be on presale.
Thank you, everyone, for your patience. The second book, Son of an Earl, is not giving me the same difficulties so it will be released in time for Christmas.