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Judge My Books by Their Covers, Please! by Diane Kelly

We’ve all heard that old expression that “you can’t judge a book by its cover.” In my case, I hope that people will! I’m so proud of both of my covers! Pictured above is the cover for book #2 in my Death and Taxes romantic mystery series – “Death, Taxes, and a Skinny No-Whip Latte.” I just received it and it made me absolutely giddy! It’s cute, it’s fun, it screams “Read me!”

Is it acceptable to be “proud” of something that someone else has created? I’m not sure, but I’m feeling it. It was the same with my website (thanks, again, to the wonderful Liz Bemis!). Though I didn’t personally create these things, they are intricate parts of my work and promotion and I am eternally grateful for them.

I’m always amazed by and in awe of people who have artistic talent. I can’t draw a proportional figure to save my life, and I’m never good with color or placement. I consult my teenaged daughter, who has taken 5 straight years of art in school, any time I buy curtains or arrange furniture in the house. That type of visual artistic talent is something a person either has or they don’t, and in my case, it’s a big old don’t.

As writers, we all visualize how we think our covers should look when our work is published. Our visions may or may not be similar to what the cover artist comes up with. But it’s fun to see how the artist interprets our work, what images the story brings to their mind.

I read a lot of funny books, so cartoon-style covers tend to catch my eye. But those covers with the hunky men’s chests? Yum! What woman could ignore those? I also tend to pick up books that feature Victorian style houses on the front, maybe because I’ve always wanted to live in one. And put a dog or cat on the cover? Yep, that book is going home with me. My daughter is taken in by covers that feature flowing ball gowns with big skirts. I find this funny since she’s pretty much a jeans, T-shirts, and flip-flops kind of girl on a daily basis. I think the attraction to the gowns is her inner Cinderella rearing its head. What’s more, my daughter says she pays no attention to titles when buying books. It’s all about the cover for her.

What types of covers and images speak to you?

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