The Making of a Book Cover: Catch a Falling Star
There’s a lot I like about being an author with Howard Books. A lot.
One of the things I appreciate the most? My editor, Jessica Wong, and the art director, Bruce Gore, invite me to participate in discussing the covers for my books. It’s an interesting process to get from my manuscript all the way to a cover that represents the story I’ve written — and it usually takes several attempts before we’re all satisfied.
What did the process look like for my most recent release, Catch a Falling Star?
1. Here’s an early cover suggestion: This idea carried over the same style for my name and a similar style for the title as was used in my debut novel Wish You Were Here — and I liked that. I also liked the falling star in the background. However, the woman representing Dr. Kendall Haynes, the heroine of Catch a Falling Star, seemed younger than 36 (a major issue for Kendall in the book), and the house didn’t accurately represent Kendall’s loft-home, situated within her medical office.
2. A second cover suggestion: Once again, there’s the similar script for my name and the title, as well as the falling star in the sky. The hitch with this cover? The guy and the girl in this cover were having too much fun together! If you’ve read Catch a Falling Star, you know Kendall and Griffin Walker, the hero, start off more antagonistic than romantic. So, I couldn’t see the whole “walking in the flowers” scenario.
3. And a third cover suggestion:
With this cover rendition, we all felt as if we were closing in on the cover for Catch a Falling Star. The title font more closely matched the title for Wish You Were Here. I love the purple and the midnight blue colors, as well as the realistic night sky with the falling star. And the addition of the Jeep was perfect, since Kendall is a Jeep girl. The background also looks as if she’s looking out over Colorado Springs, CO — where the story takes place.
With just a few tweaks — Kendall’s hair color and the color of the Jeep — we ended up with the final cover for Catch a Falling Star!
So there you have it: The making of the cover for Catch a Falling Star! What did you think?
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