There are some special moments for an author in the life of a book: Staring at that first blank page and beginning the story. Writing that last sentence. Seeing the book on the shelf for the very first time.
For me, my favorite moment in the life of a book is when I get that email with the little paperclip, subject line: COVER ART. I usually have to hold my breath as I open the file. Why? Because I’ve spent months and months pouring myself into writing the story, and I cannot wait to see the visual image an artist has come up with to accompany my creation.
When my first book came out, I shared the cover art with my family well in advance of the book’s publications, and they weighed in on all kinds of aspects of the art work. “Who is that on the cover? Is it supposed to be you?” “You should tell them it’s too dark / light.” “You’re name’s not big enough.” All of these comments struck me as funny because as a newbie author, and even now years later, I don’t really feel as though any of this is up to me. So many of these decisions get made in some office in New York, and I just have to keep my fingers crossed.
Luckily, I’ve been amazingly pleased with each and every one of my covers.
So here is the latest one, and I’m thrilled to share it with you today! It’s for my upcoming suspense novel SNAPPED, which is the fourth book in the Tracers series. I fell in love with this cover the moment I saw it, because it seemed like the artist was somehow right inside my mind during one of the story’s pivotal scenes.
My question today is: How do covers influence your book buying? What about the summaries on the back or the book jacket? Or are there authors whose books you will buy, sight unseen, simply because you know their work?
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Here is a glimpse of the story, SNAPPED, which comes out August 30, from Pocket:
On a sweltering summer afternoon, Sophie Barrett walks into a nightmare. A sniper has opened fire on a college campus. When the carnage is over, three people—plus the shooter—are dead, and dozens more injured. Sophie escapes virtually unscathed. Yet as details emerge from the investigation, she becomes convinced that this wasn’t the random, senseless act it appeared. No one wants to believe her—not the cops, not her colleagues at the Delphi Center crime lab, and definitely not Jonah Macon, the homicide detective who’s already saved her life once.
Jonah has all kinds of reasons for hoping Sophie is mistaken. Involving himself with a key witness could derail an already messy investigation, not to mention jeopardize his career. But Sophie is as determined and fearless as she is sexy. If he can’t resist her, he can at least swear to protect her. Because if Sophie is right, she’s made herself the target of a killer without a conscience. And the real terror is only just beginning. . . .