This is my new cover. I'm very happy with it. I like the action, I like the scenery, I like the horses. I like the way the sun shines from the corner as the name of the resort in the book is Puerta Del Sol, or door of the sun. I like the looks of the hero and heroine and the way they seem to be galloping right off the cover.
However, in the book, the hero and heroine are both light haired. She's very blond, he's described, I believe as "fair" or maybe "sandy." These people look dark haired to me. At first I was a little stunned and then I decided to be practical and reasonable and let's face it, there's nothing I can do about it anyway.
Then I decided to try to picture these people on this cover with light hair. Not good. They would disappear.
So, this is my cover and I am back to my first response which was, I love it. And I have to hope that it is the first response of the reader, as well, the response that has her lifting the book for a glance at the back cover where my editor hopefully wows them with a pitch they can't wait to explore...
This weekend in the Parade section of my newspaper there was a question in the people section asking the editors why the female leads of shows like CSI show so much cleavage. One actress was quoted as saying something along the lines of, "You don't honestly think we get to dress ourselves, do you? That's wardrobe's department." And that's what I thought as I pictured my readers reacting to the first description of my heroine, for instance. I can see her flipping the book and looking again at the cover and shaking her head. I hope she doesn't hold it against me.
How much does a cover influence you as a reader and if you have published, how have you felt about your covers? I know some of you are able to design your own covers. What's that like? If you are pre-published, how much say do you hope to have in the cover that graces your first novel? I have to say that I have been very pleased with almost all of my covers and this one especially -- wrong hair color or not. If my book doesn't sell, I don't think I can blame the artist.