Courtesy Australian Rural Romance
My heart stops the moment I see my publisher’s email with “Cover” in the title, a mixture of excitement and sheer terror. Here’s the public face of my book baby. And like all babies you don’t actually have very much to do with the end product. You just hope. It’s a lottery ruled and run by the Cover Gods.
I hit the jackpot with my two rural, historical romances. Matilda’s Freedom and Lily’s Leap are perfect and I’m thrilled with Jazz Baby my latest release. It’s smoky and sultry and fits the gritty 1920s Sydney underbelly setting perfectly.
My first covers were very different – but then so were the books. You see I suffer from butterfly brain. I don’t seem to be able to sit tight in one genre. I’ve written contemporary rural and small town romance, rural historical romance and now a 1920s historical — the only thing they have in common is that they are all set in Australia (except for a minor flirtation with an Ancient Greek novella).
Recently I received the rights back from overseas on my early books. I have to decide whether I am going to re-release them myself or send them to my publisher. If I choose the self-publishing route I shall suddenly be responsible for my own covers, a daunting thought. I shall be looking for an Australian cover artist to capture that quintessential Aussie look —or maybe I should settle for butterflies on all my covers.
Do you think there is a quintessential Aussie look? I’d love some advice.
Rachel Johns, Helene Young and Bronwyn Parry's have it covered too on the Australian Rural Romance website. You can read their posts here.
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