Celebrate! Book Cover for Wish You Were Here … is here!


What a way to start the week!

I’m thrilled to show you the cover to Wish You Were Here, my debut novel with Howard Books (May 2012.)

And, yes, to answer your question, I love my cover. Love my cover.

Bruce Gore, the art director at Howard Books, and his staff were so supportive throughout the whole creative process of designing the book cover. And the final design?

So, so beautiful.

That’s a glimpse of a Colorado sky … and the bride on the cover looks so much like Allison, the heroine I imagined in my mind as I wrote the story. Last week I came across a photo I clipped from a magazine that represented my idea for Allison. When I compared it to the final cover art, designed months later, I was stunned at the similarity.

That little wedding ring dangling from the book title? So, so symbolic.

And those of you who read Wish You Were Here — and I hope you all do! — will discover the significance of the postcards on chapter 1, page 1 … and other chapters after that.

My publisher is linking the cover to different sites this week, so I’ll keep you posted as the cover goes live other places, including Amazon and CBD. But the cover celebration has begun!

In Your Words: How would you celebrate debuting your book cover? Or if you’ve been there/done that, how did you celebrate?



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  1. Loree Huebner
    January 30, 2012, 12:25 am   /  Reply

    Congrats! It’s beautiful! I can’t wait to read it.

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 5:03 am   /  Reply

      Thanks, Loree.

  2. January 30, 2012, 4:34 am   /  Reply

    That is beautiful…and captivating, Beth. Truly inviting – begging to be opened and read. Can. not. wait.

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 5:04 am   /  Reply

      Than you, Patricia.
      Can. Not. Wait. Either.
      I love how the art department captured motion in the cover too.

  3. Karen S. Elliott
    January 30, 2012, 5:28 am   /  Reply

    Congratulations! I’d be posting it everywhere! I’ll be glad to post it as well on your guest blog in February – be sure to include the cover jpeg.

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 5:55 am   /  Reply

      Thanks, Karen!
      I’m looking forward to the guest post in February over at The Word Shark even more!

  4. January 30, 2012, 5:32 am   /  Reply

    So glad to finally see this cover! They’ve done you proud, Beth. And am I ever happy for you that the cover model lines up with the way you envisioned your Allison (since that doesn’t always happen). I didn’t notice the ring at first and glad you pointed it out, and I love the postcards as part of the cover. Well done! Next, to read it… my copy’s already ordered! Blessings and enjoy it all, my friend.

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 5:54 am   /  Reply

      Welcome to In Others’ Words!
      Yes, the wedding ring … so whimsical dangling from the title … but so vital. I love the font for my title too. Perfect.

  5. January 30, 2012, 5:40 am   /  Reply

    OOO, I like!! Very intriguing. It tells a story of it’s own and makes me want to open the book, which is exactly what you want. Awesome! I was really excited about my first book cover too, and I loved it.

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 5:53 am   /  Reply

      Good morning, Cathy!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      I love the motion of the cover — it definitely captures the story of Wish You Were Here.
      Yes, I’m smiling!

  6. January 30, 2012, 5:47 am   /  Reply

    It’s soooo pretty, Beth! Love it – love the postcards. But I have to say, my favorite piece is your name nice and big at the top! 🙂 Cannot. wait. to. read! Celebratory hugs!

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 5:52 am   /  Reply

      I love the postcards too, Melissa.
      And as I debut author … yes, seeing my name positioned so nicely … thrilling!

  7. P. T. Bradley
    January 30, 2012, 6:03 am   /  Reply

    I am so excited!! (please note, Tee, the restraint in !) I know your heart dances every time you see it. Mine would. Beautiful, beautiful cover and captures so well the story.

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 6:34 am   /  Reply

      I’ve been using !!! all over the place in my replies!

  8. January 30, 2012, 6:06 am   /  Reply

    Woohoo!! I love it, Beth! It’s really unique and eye-catching!!

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 6:34 am   /  Reply

      Thanks for sharing the excitement, one debut author to another, Katie.

  9. January 30, 2012, 6:23 am   /  Reply

    Love your cover! Congratulations on your debut novel. I can’t wait to read it.

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 6:34 am   /  Reply

      Thanks, Michelle!

  10. January 30, 2012, 6:27 am   /  Reply

    Yay, yay, yay for you!!! It’s so beautiful. One I would definitely pick up off the shelf. Love it!!

    And I’d celebrate with a pedi, mani, and a night out with my family and/or friends. 😀

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 6:35 am   /  Reply

      Oh, I like all those ideas, Lindsay … every single one!

  11. January 30, 2012, 6:32 am   /  Reply

    Yeah! My favorite part of what you shared is that the MC looks like yours. That is so cool! And I’m all about symbolism, so that little ring…also cool!

    Beth, this is such a wonderful time for you! Hmm. I’d throw a party. That’s what I’d do.
    ~ Wendy

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 6:37 am   /  Reply

      Well I’m throwing a book launch party May 5 — want to come?
      Until then, I’m deep into writing book #2.
      Maybe I’ll manage a little party …

  12. Jeanne T
    January 30, 2012, 6:44 am   /  Reply

    EEEEE! I am soooo excited for you, Beth! Love the cover. Almost cried with joy for you when I saw the title of your blog today. 🙂

    I haven’t yet considered how to celebrate the debut of my one-day book cover. I’m going to have to watch those who are going before me and make a decision when my turn comes. 🙂 Yes, I’m speaking optimistically. 🙂

    So happy for you, Beth!

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 7:19 am   /  Reply

      Thank you, Jeanne — I hear your feet “Happy Dancing” for me!
      And be optimistic — you’re writing a great story!

  13. January 30, 2012, 7:40 am   /  Reply


    Congratulations! I’m anxious to read it.

    Really like the movement on the cover, the freshness, and how her look leads you into the story.

    I think a celebration with family, friends and food would be in order…right after I purchased a frame for the cover. 😉


    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 8:50 am   /  Reply

      Ah, a frame!
      Yep! Most definitely need to go get one of those.
      But first, I need to up my word count for today.

  14. January 30, 2012, 7:57 am   /  Reply

    Oh, Beth, how very exciting! I love the vibrant colors and I really like the layout. Well done. Wooo Hoooo!!!

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 8:49 am   /  Reply

      I wish everyone could see my smiling face as I’m reading all these comments.
      Of course, I should be working on my WIP …

  15. January 30, 2012, 8:05 am   /  Reply

    Both the cover and the title intrigue me.

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 8:49 am   /  Reply

      That’s what every author wants to hear!

  16. January 30, 2012, 8:11 am   /  Reply

    Someday we’re going to have to share the whole story of your cover! A lot of work, but a beautiful result.

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 8:48 am   /  Reply

      Yes, yes, we will.
      I am so thankful to be a part of Howard Books.
      And thankful you are my agent!

  17. January 30, 2012, 8:22 am   /  Reply


    Woooo-hooooooooo!!!!!!!! It’s ABOUT time!! Oh I LOVE it!! Love, love, love it!!!!!!

    I’m just grinning, though can’t imagine how you must feel!! 😀

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 8:48 am   /  Reply

      Love having you join in the celebration.
      How am I feeling …
      over-the-moon …

  18. January 30, 2012, 8:26 am   /  Reply

    Woohoo! Beautiful design! We so need to get together and do Susie’s line dance!

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 8:47 am   /  Reply

      You can lead the line, Teri!

  19. January 30, 2012, 8:27 am   /  Reply

    I hope you had a celebration cake/treat! Wonderful cover. I’m looking forward to having a copy in my hands or on my Kindle. Congratulations.

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 8:47 am   /  Reply

      “Real” copy or Kindle … works for me!

  20. Amy Leigh Simpson
    January 30, 2012, 8:39 am   /  Reply

    Beth, congratulations! It is gorgeous! Even if I didn’t know you this cover would definitely call to me from the shelves! My favorite part is your name, big and bold! So exciting!

    Throw a party and eat lots of cake!

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 8:46 am   /  Reply

      Gotta admit, I still get a kick out of seeing my name on the cover.
      It’s a who-would-have-thought moment …

  21. January 30, 2012, 8:40 am   /  Reply

    It looks fantastic. Can’t wait till I can buy it. ; )


  22. January 30, 2012, 9:04 am   /  Reply

    WOOT!!!!!!! (I can use as many as I want, don’t have a TEE to answer to :-D) Lovely & captivating cover, Beth! I too love symbolism though I fear mine is lost on anyone not occupying my twisted mind. I LOVE that they captured so much of yours here! And I love hearing how you & they worked together and put so much thought into making visual the heart and essence of the story. Folks are so visual and that’s so important!

    Celebrate? Definitely chocolate. Wear the cover printed on the front & back of a t-shirt and go to one of those places where they serve chocolate fondue and party the place down. And invite me of course.

    Can’t WAIT for my copy to arrive… 😀

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 9:44 am   /  Reply

      I’m on it!

  23. January 30, 2012, 9:19 am   /  Reply

    Looks like a fun read. The cover really draws me in.

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 9:45 am   /  Reply

      Thanks, Dianne.
      Funny thing, I never get tired of looking at that cover.

  24. January 30, 2012, 9:30 am   /  Reply

    I love it, too! Congrats, Beth!!

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 9:45 am   /  Reply

      Enjoying the Monday celebration … now back to the word count.

  25. Paula Boire
    January 30, 2012, 9:40 am   /  Reply

    Awesome! I didn’t think my excitement to read the book could be any greater, but the cover ramps it even more! Kudos to the cover design team!

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 9:48 am   /  Reply

      Yes, I love my art team — and I have great respect for what they do!

  26. Reba J. Hoffman
    January 30, 2012, 9:50 am   /  Reply

    Oh Beth,

    How wonderful it is to see a face with the story! Great cover! Can’t wait to dive past the beautiful cover and headlong into the incredible story!

    Brava my friend!

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 9:54 am   /  Reply

      Thanks for “Happy Danging” with me, Reba!

  27. Shellie Braeuner
    January 30, 2012, 9:53 am   /  Reply

    It’s beautiful! I’m so happy for you Beth. You have to be so proud.

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 9:55 am   /  Reply

      Good morning, Shellie!
      Yes, I am proud.
      And happy.
      And loving having all my friends celebrate with me.

  28. Rachel Hauck
    January 30, 2012, 10:09 am   /  Reply

    Beth, I love the cover!! It turned out great! So proud and excited for you!!!


    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 10:42 am   /  Reply

      Thank you, Rachel, for always believing in me!
      Couldn’t have done this without you!

  29. January 30, 2012, 10:30 am   /  Reply

    Congratulations on your awesome cover, Beth! All the elements work so well together. Of course, I love seeing your name in such big letters right at the top. =)

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 10:43 am   /  Reply

      As one debut author to another, Keli, I know you go over a cover with a magnifying lens too.
      Yes, indeed, seeing my name on that cover is a thrill!!
      Oh, the exclamation points are flying today!

  30. January 30, 2012, 10:43 am   /  Reply

    oooh, I love it! How exciting!!! 🙂 As far as your question, I just stared at mine for a long time! hahaha. 🙂 I want to frame it and put it on the wall for sure!! This is so exciting!!!

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 10:52 am   /  Reply

      Yes, framing is most definitely at the top of my list!!

  31. January 30, 2012, 11:14 am   /  Reply

    I’m so excited for you! It’s a wonderful book that deserves a wonderful cover and you got it! My favorite part is the dangling ring. Perfect!

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 11:38 am   /  Reply

      You’ve been there almost from day 1, celebrating the highs … and commiserating with me in the lows.

      Love you, E!

  32. January 30, 2012, 11:19 am   /  Reply

    That’s so cool that it aligns with your vision and actually references elements from the novel itself. I don’t know a lot about the publishing industry, but based on all the book covers I’ve seen, I can’t imagine that happens very often. Congrats!

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 11:38 am   /  Reply

      Thank you, Matthew.
      Yes, the Howard team was most, most excellent!

  33. January 30, 2012, 12:12 pm   /  Reply

    Congrats! Wonderful!!! I love the dangling ring too! 🙂 So excited for you and looking forward to reading it!

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 12:24 pm   /  Reply

      Man, this is a rough day to concentrate on book #2!
      But for a good reason . . .

  34. Amy Lindberg
    January 30, 2012, 12:15 pm   /  Reply

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!!!!

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 12:24 pm   /  Reply


  35. Milda
    January 30, 2012, 12:26 pm   /  Reply

    I so look forward to reading it. So proud of you.

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 1:42 pm   /  Reply

      Thank you for coming by the blog!

  36. January 30, 2012, 12:32 pm   /  Reply

    This makes my day! So happy for you. The cover is beautiful just like you. xoxo

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 1:42 pm   /  Reply

      Hugs right back to you, Tiffany!
      And you knew me when I had a No Trespassing sign on the Dark Side!

  37. Melissa Finnegan
    January 30, 2012, 1:22 pm   /  Reply

    So happy for you Beth. I can only imagine how you must feel.

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 1:41 pm   /  Reply

      Thanks, Melissa.

  38. January 30, 2012, 1:34 pm   /  Reply

    It’s gorgeous, Beth! I love it!

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 1:41 pm   /  Reply

      Me too.
      Thanks, Sarah.

  39. January 30, 2012, 2:00 pm   /  Reply

    Beth, I’m proud of and very happy for you. I’m sure Howard will soon find that producing such a beautiful quality cover is one of the first steps in introducing an up-and-coming author many will read, celebrate, and enjoy.

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 2:34 pm   /  Reply

      Thank you, Dee.
      Your words mean a lot … I appreciate you cheering me on!

  40. January 30, 2012, 2:42 pm   /  Reply

    Great news, Beth! Can’t wait to read it. I remember the opening chapters ages ago, and I was hooked. Love your cover, too!

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 4:30 pm   /  Reply

      Ages ago, huh? I wonder if the opening chapters have changed?


  41. Fran Shaw
    January 30, 2012, 2:50 pm   /  Reply

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is not only a beautiful cover, but it “invites” you to look inside to see what is going on with this girl! I am SO proud and excited for you!!!!! Love you!!

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 4:31 pm   /  Reply

      Who would have thought, huh?
      Come celebrate with me on May 5th!! What a fun book launch that would be!

  42. Marie Bast
    January 30, 2012, 3:49 pm   /  Reply

    Beth – Your cover is gorgeous! A real eye-catcher. Congratulations! Marie

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 4:29 pm   /  Reply

      Thank you, Marie, your comment just warms my heart.

  43. January 30, 2012, 3:54 pm   /  Reply

    Beautiful cover! So exciting–first I would do a happy dance and then there would have to a cupcake in my near future.

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 4:31 pm   /  Reply

      The Happy Dancing has begun.
      Now to find a gluten-free cupcake.
      If not, it’s all about the icing .. .

  44. Jennie
    January 30, 2012, 6:40 pm   /  Reply

    Awesome cover Beth! I’m so happy for you…apparently the ‘dark side’ isn’t so dark anymore! 🙂

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 7:32 pm   /  Reply

      Evangeline Denmark offered me gluten-free cookies!

  45. January 30, 2012, 8:49 pm   /  Reply

    I’m so excited for you. Your progress is encouraging me on as I labor to meet my deadline… Wednesday. I can hardly wait to be where you are… manuscript complete, editing finished, all over but the celebration (and of course, marketing). I am so excited about reading your book. Best wishes on the release and may you sell many copies. I’m rooting for you all the way!!

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 9:02 pm   /  Reply

      Thank you, Julie!
      You can do this, friend!
      Cheering you on too!

  46. January 30, 2012, 10:10 pm   /  Reply

    Congrats!! So very happy for you!

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 10:36 pm   /  Reply

      Thank you, thank you, Christi! It’s been a fun day of celebrating with friends and family!

  47. January 30, 2012, 10:54 pm   /  Reply

    Congratulations, Beth! I’m really happy for you…how awesome to see a dream birthed into life!

    • Beth Vogt
      January 30, 2012, 11:10 pm   /  Reply

      Thanks for dropping by and joining in the fun, Lisa! Love your blog!!

  48. Alena Tauriainen
    January 31, 2012, 5:09 am   /  Reply

    Whooo Hooo!!! I’m so very excited for you! I love the symbolism with the ring. Can’t wait for my copy to arrive. I agree, order some T-shirts. I’m not a t-shirt kinda gal, but for you….I’d wear it and wear it proudly!

    Blessings My Friend!
    Alena T.

    • Beth Vogt
      January 31, 2012, 6:56 am   /  Reply

      Gotta get to work on T-shirts!

  49. Ginger Takamiya
    January 31, 2012, 12:47 pm   /  Reply

    I love the cover! I can’t wait to get my copy…I pre-ordered it. Yup, gonna sit back in my easy chair with a cup of hot Latte and read all day 🙂

    Congratulations! So well deserved.

  50. January 31, 2012, 12:54 pm   /  Reply

    I am so happy for you, my sweet friend. I remember long long ago you sharing your dream to be a journalist and know you’ve always had a heart to write. I cannot wait until your book comes out. The cover is beautiful!

  51. Sharon Brueckman
    January 31, 2012, 1:31 pm   /  Reply

    Dear Beth,
    What excitement to see your debut as a published author on fb today! Even though time and distance has separated our fellowship, it’s still such a thrill to see how God is at work in the Body and with people we have been blessed to cross paths in the past. The cover is gorgeous! Wishing you every blessing and success…can’t wait to look for it for sale and read it!!

  52. Roxanne Sherwood
    January 31, 2012, 2:18 pm   /  Reply

    I love the cover, and I’m so happy for you! I only started e-reading so for a second I considered getting a digital copy. Then, I realized you wouldn’t be able to sign it, so I’m definitely getting a paperback copy. You’ve worked so hard to get here, and I’m thrilled for you!

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