Monday, November 10, 2014

We've Got You Covered!

We've Got You Covered!
with Missy Tippens and Lindi Peterson

Missy Tippens, here. And I’d like to welcome my very good friend and critique partner Lindi Peterson. Lindi had books published with Belle Bridge Books and is now publishing independently as well. She just released her first indie book last week, and it has an amazing cover that fits well with her brand and her Belle Bridge covers. I thought I’d ask her to share her journey in achieving that. But first, I’m going to share about some of my fantastic Love Inspired covers.

Several years ago, I shared a post about Harlequin’s Art Fact Sheet. (Click here, but please come back!) This AFS has been invaluable in helping figure out what will make a great cover. Now that I know better how to fill out the form, I’ve found that the art department has made the covers almost exactly as I envisioned them!

For my latest release, The Guy Next Door, I sent my editor a Word document with photos of a couple sitting by a campfire. I also sent a photo of a campfire beside a lake. And I even sent a photo of s’mores!

Here’s the description I typed with the photos I sent (Spoiler Alert for the story!):

Scene #2 – Roasting marshmallows for s’mores at lakeside fire pit. A big proposal scene where they declare love. Hero and heroine sitting on logs that surround the fire. Scene actually takes place in late afternoon/ early evening with light filtering through tall pines. But night scene might make nice cover.

I think they got it just right! And the heroine looks a lot like the photo I sent them (a photo of the daughter of a friend of mine).



On my previous book, Georgia Sweethearts, one of the scenes I described as a possible choice for the cover was when the hero and heroine shared their first kiss. I sent a photo of a man and woman sitting side by side with a note to meld two photos, the first one for an example of the pose.

Then I also sent along a second photo of a picnic table with this added:

Better setting/background--in back yard under a tree. (Add tulips):

 
Photo Credit: Crestock/ simply

Well, here’s what they came up with (and note the tulips, even!). They captured the heroine’s ponytail as well as the clothes that I described in the AFS.



For A House Full of Hope, I sent photos of each of the kids. I sent photos of black labs. I sent a photo of a white wooden farmhouse, adding this note:

SCENERY
Large farmhouse for three generations of Rykers (with porch and front steps and white railing but also has rocking chairs on porch)…

I also sent along a photo of a canopied drive and wrote this:

Canopied Drive to house scene (#1) (peaceful, dappled sunlight) and add black lab trotting down road as well as kids’ bikes tossed on side of road to indicate playing…



So the editors and art department did a great job showing all that. They even captured the pink that the oldest child always wore (a description I added in the AFS).

I’ve been blessed with covers that go along with what I’ve envisioned on the stories. So I’m sharing some tips that I think help.

--Use scenes that convey the overall theme of your story—romance or family or suspense…
--Consider using scenes that include hooks that sell well such as children, brides, pets, cowboys, firefighters, holiday etc.
--Use scenes that evoke emotion. Peace, fear, love, hope, danger…
--Use places that are important to the story but that are also visually appealing.
--Consider covers with people as well as covers without (landscape). Some genres sell better with one or the other.
--Study covers of bestselling books in your same genre.

I hope this helps you when you’re working on your own covers—whether traditionally or independently published. And now, I’m going to turn over the post to Lindi…

Hi all! So great to be back in Seekerville talking covers with Missy.

In my Indie journey I knew from the start I didn’t want to design my own cover. A lot of people do, and they do it well. But knowing my strengths and weaknesses, I knew I would be hiring someone to design my cover. Missy mentioned that I have published with Belle Bridge Books. The ladies there were great in giving me permission to have my series keep the same look.

But first, who would I choose to design the cover? There are so many great individuals and companies that are designing now. Just as I was delving into this journey I saw my friend Sherri Wilson Johnson’s cover.



I said, self, find out who designed that cover. Just so happened I was with Sherri. She gave me the number of the gal, Lynnette Bonner, who has a cover design company, Indie Cover Designs. 

I looked over the covers Lynnette had done and was impressed by the diversity and the quality of the work. Her rates were reasonable. I ended up telephoning her because of the situation with keeping my covers the same as the trad pubbed book. Lynnette looked up the first book and she helped me with the questions to ask my publisher to get the correct items.

Again, the gals at Belle were helpful and sent me links to purchase the template for the background and the dove that drapes down the side

Then my search began. I love people on the covers of books. So, I searched and searched and searched. Those who have done this know how many hours can go into finding one photo.

The perfect photo.

I sent Lynnette several examples and we decided on one.

Dreamstime.com/Kguzel

Then I purchased the template and the dove images and the beach girl. Yes, in Indie pubbing you do have to put out the money for the images. But it’s money well spent in my opinion. I bought $60 worth of credits and didn’t use them all. The stock photo site I used was Dreamstime.

Then I sent all the images to Lynnette. She put everything together and we tried a couple of different background colors before settling on the final blue.

When I saw it I KNEW it was perfect.



While this process is different from the Art Fact sheet Missy spoke of, it has a lot of the same elements. Your vision in someone else’s hands. Your ideas sent through cyberspace coming back to you in the form of a beautiful cover.

I enjoyed this part of Indie publishing. (Formatting and I aren’t best friends, but that post can be written by someone else.)

Lynnette and I have already decided to work together for book 3, Rich in Faith, which is coming out in February.

I feel like I’ve found someone who understands what I want in a cover. I found I worked well with Lynnette in the fact that we could email or message on FB. She let me know when she would be able to get to my work and I tried to keep her posted on my timelines and when I would be getting certain information to her. So a comfortable relationship is very important when choosing someone or a company to make your cover.

Thank you Seekerville for having me again! I always love hanging out here.
I’m giving away 2 copies of my current release, Rich in Hope. Kindle version or print. Your choice.

Missy, here again. I'll be giving away 2 copies of The Guy Next Door (print or e-book, your choice). But we need you to LET US KNOW in your comments which book/s you want to be entered for!

 Also, let us know what you think makes a good cover.

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91 comments:

Mary Curry said...

Hi Missy and Lindi,

Missy, this is perfect timing for me since I'm working on my first Art Fact Sheet now.

I'm wondering, does anyone have any particular sites they recommend for images (not to buy for a cover, but just to get images to go with the AFS) or do you just Google.

Lindi, best of luck with your indy publishing. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

Helen Gray said...

Thanks for the post, Missy and Lindi.

As Mary says, it's very timely.

I've bookmarked the cover design source.

Coffee's brewing!

Tina Radcliffe said...

I use crestock.com, Bigstock.com and istock.com AND I google photos/images, Miss Mary Curry.

Missy Tippens said...

I'm glad for the good timing, Mary! For my AFS, I use sites such as iStock and Crestock. They allow you to download photos (that have a watermark). I just include those in my Word document. Or if I think I might want to use the photo on a blog, I go ahead and purchase the rights. I've started including the site where I got the photo in the Word document as well.

Tina Radcliffe said...

This was fascinating, Missy and Lindi and it is a process that you learn when working with LI and indie publishing. You have to really KNOW what you want. If you are vague you will be disappointed in what the art department comes up with. Or if indie publishing you will waste a lot of the cover person's time and your own.

KNOW WHAT YOU WANT GOING INTO IT.

Missy Tippens said...

That's right, Tina. I forgot Bigstock. I use that one too.

I really like Crestock because of the lower price because I do often buy the photos.

Missy Tippens said...

Helen, thanks for the coffee! I was heading to bed and remembered clothes in the washing machine! So now I'm waiting for them to dry enough to hang them up. Grrrr.

Wilani Wahl said...

Wow this is very fascinating! Please enter me for both books

I am so thrilled that both Seekerville Collections are on my laptop. One of these days perhaps i will own a Kindle. I cannot wait to begin reading.

Missy Tippens said...

Wilani, I'm excited that my books popped up, too! I'm so glad they delivered them already. I haven't read the other stories yet. :)

Cindy W. said...

What an interesting post. I always wondered if the author had much input on the cover design. Now I know. :)

Would love to be entered in the giveaway!

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.

countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

karenk said...

love this posting....please enter me for both books :)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Jessica Nelson said...

Wow! All of those covers look amazing. :) Thanks for sharing the details about the process too.

Lindi said...

Good morning!! Hi Mary Curry! Glad this post helped. Helen--Lynnette was amazing to work with. Tina--so right--KNOW what you want. And sometimes that takes time--but it's worth it. Hi Cindy and Karen K! Wilani--Hello! Seekerville collections are great reads to have on your laptop. :)

Lindi said...

Good morning, Jessica--thanks for stopping by. :)

Mary Hicks said...

Hello Missy and Lindi, so much info at the right time for me. I'm looking at book covers and trying to decide if I REALLY want to do my own cover.

I've photographed a young mother with her little daughter—I go to church with them, and I love several of the images...but, still undecided.:-)

I'll be looking into the cover design source for sure. Thanks, girls!

Lindi said...

Mary Hicks--Sounds like you are releasing an Indie book-Congrats!Lynnette was wonderful to work with.

Kav said...

I find all this background book stuff fascinating. And love all those covers. I know we're not supposed to judge a book by it's dover but I can't help it. A cover can often be the deciding factor when I'm wrestling with too many book choices and not enough money.

And as far as indie published books go -- well, there are some really dreadful ones out there. I've seen really terrible cut and paste jobs where it looks like heads from one picture have been attached to bodies of another. The shoulders are never right and the body position never matches the turn of the head. It looks clumsy and amateurish and I just assume (unfairly perhaps) that the book will be the same.

Missy Tippens said...

Cindy W., the input varies from publisher to publisher. I love being able to describe my vision for my LI covers.

Missy Tippens said...

Karen K and Jessica, thanks for stopping by this morning!

Missy Tippens said...

Mary Hicks, you could take your photo to a professional and find out whether she/he could use it to make a cover. Companies can also use the photo just to get a feel for what you want.

For our Hope for the Holiday covers, we gathered photos we liked from iStock, Crestock, etc. and then voted on which ones we liked best for each cover. We sent those to the Killion Group, and they found similar photos from the site they use to make their covers.

Missy Tippens said...

Kav, I agree. I've done the same thing--assumed the book inside was bad if the cover was bad! Unless a writer is great with Photoshop, I recommend having a pro do the cover.

Connie Queen said...

This is the fun stuff.

I have an image in my mind of what my book covers should look like.

All the cover example were great. Missy, I didn't realize you had so much input. I figured we could make suggestions and then cross our figures they listened.

Please enter my name into the Guy Next Door.

Cara Lynn James said...

Lindi and Missy, thanks for all the information on covers. Very informative. I don't know a thing about art or covers and I should learn more. This is a keeper.

Jackie said...

What beautiful covers Missy and Lindi. Thanks for sharing your process!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Lindi has changed the face of the historic Eichas Family Reunion picnic each year because she brought the Mac and Cheese recipe I use for the picnic to Yankee Belle a few years ago... Oh my stars, best mac and cheese ever! I add a 1/4 cup of hot sauce to the mix because I like a sharp bite to my mac and cheese... and clearly the family does too because it disappears!!!! Lindi is ever in my heart!!!! :)

Missy Tippens said...

Connie Q, it really is fun! I usually spend two or three days on the AFS. I love dreaming of what the cover will look like and trying to find photos that fit.

Missy Tippens said...

Cara, you've had great covers! I thought maybe you'd had input. :)

Missy Tippens said...

Jackie, thanks for stopping by!

Missy Tippens said...

Ruthy, I agree! We love that recipe!!

Here's the link (and yes, I'm a spazz who can't figure out how to actually insert it as a link)…

http://yankeebellecafe.blogspot.com/2013/03/mac-cheese-with-lindi-peterson.html

Ruth Logan Herne said...

I have to agree, this is a hugely important process when you're doing covers. I've been blessed with great covers (yes, even the cabbage one!!!!) and I think a cover resonates with readers.... I know it works for me!

And coming up with a scene mentally that might not even be in the book (I often use epilogue style scenes, post-HEA) isn't as spontaneous as you might think. For the final Kirkwood Lake book, we talked back and forth about the cover, and Giselle made the point that THE BABY IS IMPORTANT!!!! I laughed and realized she was right, and my guess will be that the sweet baby in the story will probably make the cover and rightfully so!!!

I love me some babies!!!!

Janet Dean said...

Lindi, so good to have you and Missy in Seekerville chatting about covers. Thanks for the excellent tips on creating covers that match your vision.

The cover for Rich in Hope is gorgeous, Lindi, and creates questions in my mind. Wishing you all the best with your indie books!

Missy, I'm impressed by the number of details you included in your AFS photos. Your covers are perfect for your books. And proof that the Art department can meld our vision with their sense of design and create a wonderful cover!

Janet

Sherri Shackelford said...

Great post, Missy! I always struggle with the AFS. I picture the art department making fun of my suggestions. Probably there's a bigger issue at work here...

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi Missy and Hi to Lindi, Great seeing you both and wonderful covers. I love helping with covers. It is so exciting. It always amazes me how talented and artistic the graphic artists are. Lena Goldfinch did my covers and I love each one of them.

Thanks again for sharing. Have fun today Lindi

Myra Johnson said...

Lindi and Missy, thanks so much for these great insights into cover design! One of the hardest parts of publishing for me is thinking through my story for possible cover scenes or images. I hope I've gotten better with practice about sending the "right" kinds of descriptions and ideas to the art department. But I didn't do so hot with my first couple of books, which meant they literally had to go back to the drawing board more than once!

Marianne Barkman said...

Fascinating! Although I don't choose a book because of its cover, I sure wouldn't want to go back to those days of no pictures on the covers. I would love to win either or both books, hahaha. Thanks for being here today

Julie Lessman said...

MISSY AND LINDI ... I always LOVE to see the cover process, so thanks for a peek into yours -- VERY cool!!

And, Missy, you aren't kidding when you said LI got it right -- they NAILED your descriptions!!

Lindi ... your cover is drop-dead gorgeous and VERY enticing, so I hope it flies off the cyber shelves, my friend!

Hugs,
Julie

Susan Anne Mason said...

Hi Missy & Lindi,

Love discussing covers! My Love Inspired cover is so beautiful (no thanks to me) and I'm ever so grateful for that. My story takes place at a resort called Wyndermere House and the LI art department made it even more beautiful than the real thing! You can see it on the Harlequin site under February releases or on Amazon under my name.

For my Bethany House historical, I had very little say in the cover process, and in fact, hated the first version. Thank goodness my editor took my concerns to the art dept. and they changed the dress color which made a huge improvement. I also had to let go of my own vison of the cover and go with their idea for the book. After all, they are the experts! And everyone else seems to love the cover for Irish Meadows! Now I do, too!
It even got a mention in Relz Reviewz blog! http://relzreviewz.com/cover-reveals-bethany-house-summer-2015/

Best of luck with your newest release, Lindi. I'd love to be in the draw for either/both books!
Cheers,
Sue

Missy Tippens said...

Ruthy, I'm trying to remember, but I think I did the same thing (suggested a baby scene that went along with an epilogue). :)

Missy Tippens said...

Y'all, Lindi went to the day job but will try to pop in during the day if she can manage it.

Debby Giusti said...

Lindi and Missy, great covers and a fun topic for Seekerville.

Love your latest, Lindi.

Like Missy, I submit a lot of photos with my AFS that show various aspects of the three covers I suggest. For my military series, I often get photos from US Army sites or the website for Fort Knox, KY, which is one of the posts I use for my fictional Fort Rickman. The art department always does a good job of taking my ideas and turning them into great covers.

When writing, I often think of scenes that could work as a cover shot. Something to think about even if you're not published. Try to get a visual picture of the cover you would like for your story to set the mood as you write. Having that visual front and center can help to spur you on.

Missy Tippens said...

Janet, I wish I could have shared more of the photos I sent with my AFS. But I couldn't afford all of them.

Missy Tippens said...

LOL, Sherri! I think they probably laughed at my first AFS. :) But then I quickly learned the type covers they wanted. They've used my suggestions every time since. :)

Missy Tippens said...

Sandra, I think being a graphic artist would be really fun! I just have no idea how to use all the software. But I would sure have fun picking the stock photos or doing photo shoots. :)

Missy Tippens said...

Myra, like I said to Sherri, I was the same way. :) That's why I thought it would be fun to post about it.

Missy Tippens said...

Marianne, I try not to let a cover affect me much. But I have to admit it's what draws my attention in the first place (unless someone has already recommended the book to me). I definitely affects me if it's a great cover.

Missy Tippens said...

Julie, I agree about Lindi's cover! I just LOVE the blue background!

Missy Tippens said...

Sue, I love both your covers! I have to say I think the model on your Bethany book is stunning. Those eyes and the color of the dress make it.

You're blessed with great covers!!

Missy Tippens said...

Debby, that's a great idea!! I try to think of my cover as I write, but I've never been as specific as thinking of it while coming up with scenes. Love the idea! Just be sure to write a note to remind yourself as you're doing it. I'm afraid I would forget. :)

Janet Dean said...

Missy, the nice thing about the photos we send for the AFS is they're free. Since they won't be published, we don't have to buy them.

Janet

Susan Anne Mason said...

Hi Missy & Lindi,

Love discussing covers! My Love Inspired cover is so beautiful (no thanks to me) and I'm ever so grateful for that. My story takes place at a resort called Wyndermere House and the LI art department made it even more beautiful than the real thing! You can see it on the Harlequin site under February releases or on Amazon under my name.

For my Bethany House historical, I had very little say in the cover process, and in fact, hated the first version. Thank goodness my editor took my concerns to the art dept. and they changed the dress color which made a huge improvement. I also had to let go of my own vison of the cover and go with their idea for the book. After all, they are the experts! And everyone else seems to love the cover for Irish Meadows! Now I do, too!
It even got a mention in Relz Reviewz blog! http://relzreviewz.com/cover-reveals-bethany-house-summer-2015/

Best of luck with your newest release, Lindi. I'd love to be in the draw for either/both books!
Cheers,
Sue

Susan Anne Mason said...

Sorry about the double post. My computer went weird!

Susan Anne Mason said...

Thanks, Missy! I'm glad you like the cover!

Donna said...

I ran to check my Kindle! Squealed!
Came back!

They were there! I can't wait to get started reading the Seeker collections!

Missy, I have often wondered if the LI art department reads the books they are working on. The covers are that spot on. I don't have The Guy Next Door yet so I skipped the spoiler alert!

Lindi, you cover is great. Can you share a little bit about the story. I didn't see a blurb about it in the blog.(Is blurb the right word?)

Please enter me for both giveaways.

Walt Mussell said...

Covers, one of things that intimidate me. However, I've eventually got to do this.

Also, I have checked my kindle and it seems that two new book sets have downloaded Looking forward to reading those. :-)

Sandy Smith said...

I love all these covers. A good cover definitely goes a long way to making a book attractive and enticing. I especially love the covers of Christmas books with all the pretty decorations.

Please enter me into the drawing for Lindi's book. I would prefer the print version and then I could share it with my mom. I already won Missy's book and I'm reading it right now! I am enjoying it.

Missy Tippens said...

Donna! I'm so glad you mentioned the blurb for Lindi's book! I forgot to include that. Here it is:

When beautiful underwear model, Jenny Harris, is scarred from a botched facial surgery she finds herself distraught and not in the Christmas spirit. Her best friend, Katherine offers her brother, Stephen’s, Florida waterfront home for a holiday sabbatical. But Stephen returns home unexpectedly. It seems the wild life photographer was somewhere he wasn’t supposed to be, again, and his employer has grounded him. While Jenny doesn’t understand Stephen’s lack of compassion for her situation, he doesn’t understand her obsession about her looks. When Jenny, in an attempt to help Stephen, announces to his boss that she's his fiancé, a whirlwind fake courtship ensues. But Jenny soon finds herself falling for the renegade photographer who’d rather spend his time in the wilds of the jungle than in civilization. Will Jenny’s new perspective on life give her the hope she’s been searching for, or will it only lead to broken dreams and a broken heart?

Missy Tippens said...

Walt, enjoy!! :) I just started Mary's contemporary last night while I was waiting for those clothes to dry and was up until 3 am!

Missy Tippens said...

Sandy, I also love Christmas covers! They really put me in the Christmas spirit.

Thanks for reading!! :)

Becky said...

I'd love to be entered to win both books in paperback!

Thank you for the hints about cover art. I will pin for later reference!

Lynnette Bonner said...

Very nice LI covers, Missy.

And yes, didn't Lindi's cover turn out nice? Lindi was lovely to work with and I was so glad she knew what she wanted when she came to me. Missy has some great advice here on the AFS!

Everyone, do your designers a favor and fill those out thoroughly! I have a cover questionnaire that I send to all my clients and it can be frustrating to get it back with only partial answers. Designers want to give you a great cover that you love, it's just getting into the author's head is not always that easy. ;) And we don't have time to read every story we work on.

Lyndee H said...

Fascinating post, Missy and Lindi! Love seeing how the artist translates your words and concepts into the actual art.

Sherri Wilson Johnson said...

Thank you so much for sharing about my book on here! Lynnette did an amazing job and I will use her for the rest of my books.

Missy Tippens said...

Becky, I'm glad it was helpful!

Missy Tippens said...

Lynette, thanks for stopping by! You did a fantastic job on Lindi's cover! Great advice. I imagine it would be difficult without detailed information.

Missy Tippens said...

Thanks, Lyndee. LIke I said earlier, I wish I could have shared more photos to show how well the art department did.

Missy Tippens said...

Sherri J, your cover that Lindi shared is gorgeous! Lynette did an amazing job on it as well. Thanks for stopping by!

Jackie Smith said...

Thanks for the interesting post, Missy & Lindi!
I have read Missy's book (loved it) but would like to be in the drawing for Lindi's......for Kindle.
Thanks!!

Missy Tippens said...

I've got you, Jackie!

Walt Mussell said...

Missy, I'll probably start with the historicals, jjust because I'm that kind of guy. :-)

Chill N said...

Great tips, Missy! Definitely saving this post.

Beautiful cover, Lindi. The colors are particularly appealing and mood-setting. Wishing you many sales. I had actually thought buying images would be more expensive, so this is good news!

Nancy C

DebH said...

thanks for the awesome post, Missy and Lindi -
as a graphic artist wishing to delve into the cover design market, these posts and links to other sites are great for me. i appreciate learning all I can and know I have a ways to go before I can really begin marketing myself - but each post gets me more info and closer to reaching that goal.

the covers are awesome and, as a graphic artist doing other work I can definitely vouch about the KNOW WHAT YOU WANT, or at least provide the artist as much info as you can, even if you think it is inconsequential. it's really hard to function in a vacuum of perceived indifference. no input from the client always gives me that impression. i know getting a final product that meets the needs will be a struggle when answers are vague or non-existant.

awesome post!!!!
oh, and my Kindle is locked and loaded with the Seeker collections. talk about psyched!!!! except i have a couple of goals I must reach before I can give myself permission to reward myself with reading them. *heavy sigh*

Missy Tippens said...

Walt, I understand. You do seem drawn to not so recent time periods. :)

Missy Tippens said...

Nancy C, I'm glad it was helpful!

Missy Tippens said...

DebH, isn't reading a nice reward??! :)

Best of luck on your graphic designing! I think I'd love trying it someday. I have fun playing with PicMonkey (which is about all I can handle). :)

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Deb H, I love that you self-reward! I do the same thing, I allow myself certain things after work's done, chore's are done, work count is reached... whatever it is, I carry that system through writing, child care, weight control... So it sounds like I'm a control freak, but I'm not, I'm a self-reward guru! It's fun to reach little milestones! Keeps me sharp.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Walt, I can't wait to hear what you think of them!!!!

Piper Huguley said...

A great post from you ladies, from both perspectives. Thank you!

I ran a contest for my independently published covers, and I have been very satisfied with them. People told me I was crazed for putting people on the covers but seeing the people seems to have helped readers buy into my stories. They have been a fabulous selling tool.

Now I await the covers for my books from my publishers. I told them who my characters looked like, so I'll be waiting to see how those come out. I'm nervous about it, but that's part of what I signed up for!

Missy Tippens said...

Piper, thanks for your input! Did you post photos on your website or FB and ask people to vote?

Yeah, the waiting to see the covers can make me a little anxious. :)

Missy Tippens said...

BTW, Piper, I love your indie covers!

Lindi said...

Hi all--Well, the day job kept me until 8 pm then the 40 minute drive home--of course then I had to eat! Ruthie--I want to try your addition--hot sauce--but I haven' yet! Will do so soon.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by. I've read through the comments. Such a fun day. :)

Lindi said...

Oh, and I really enjoyed this part of the Indie Pubbing. It's the FUN part!

CatMom said...

Sorry I'm so late joining in today (where did this day go? LOL).

LOVED this post, Missy and Lindi. This kind of info. is so fascinating to me.
Lindi, CONGRATS on your indie book - - YAY!!
Hugs, Patti Jo :)

Piper Huguley said...
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Piper Huguley said...

Thank you Missy! They did have polls as part of the contests, but I only let a few buddies votes.

Congrats on your release Lindi! Lovely cover!

Missy Tippens said...

Piper, I thought you meant you held the contest for the cover. :)

Missy Tippens said...

Patti Jo, glad you got to drop by!

Dee LeRoye said...

Lindi and Missy....so enjoyed reading your notes on cover design while I am soul searching in the sleepless middle of the night. I would so enjoy a hard copy of either/both your featured books.
I design my own covers....that is part of the fun. Thanks for sharing. Work on!

Missy Tippens said...

Dee, I hope you were able to fall asleep last night! I have insomnia on occasion. It's not fun.

Deanna Stevens said...

Great cover story today :)
I would like a paperback of either. I like covers that capture the title..

Jill Weatherholt said...

Interesting post, ladies! I love that the writer has some input when it comes to the cover. It's your book, you should have a little say. :)

DebH said...

I forgot to ask to be in the draw for Missy`s the Guy Next Door.