Friday, December 12, 2008

Covers & Titles--Part Two

Since I talked about titles last time, I figured I'd toss out one more post but focus a little more on covers. Above is the cover for my 20th book, Twins for the Teacher. My working title for the book was Educating Hank. My editor came up with Twins for the Teacher, which I liked.

We weren't sure about the cover, so I sent in three ideas. I even described the two twins.
Then the gurus at Harlequin took over. I know Kathleen and Johanna have explained cover process before, so I won't get into that again. All I know is that I got a pdf a few weeks ago, and then the jpg after that. My editor sent one "note". I'd specified a white board, but for artistic reasons, they kept it the old fashioned blackboard.

As to the back cover copy, I'd seen that months ago, but seeing it with the cover is a lot more fun. I set this book in Branson (remember Victoria's post?) and let Hank graduate from Kickapoo High School in Springfield, alma mater of one Missourian named Brad Pitt. Whether you like Brad or not, we're happy to claim him here in Missouri.

I do have to say, though, I thought the artists did a great job with Hank. He even kinda looks like the grown up version of an old college boyfriend whose name I used--although Hank the hero in the book is nothing like my ex.

Have a great day,



Marin Thomas said...

Michele--Congrats on your 20th book--What a great accomplishment!

RT Top Pick
The Cowboy and the Angel (Nov 08)

EllenToo said...

Congratulations on your 20th book. I love the cover and will look forward to reading the book.

Sara said...

20th book - congrats on that!

Secondly, I like the covers on Harlequin American Romances. I like it when they look like real people that you might see walking down the street!

Estella said...

Congrats, Michelle!

Magdalena Scott said...


As everyone else as already said, congratulations on your 20th book. And yes, the cover is very nice! How much fun to have the hero look like someone you knew...

Michele Dunaway said...

Thanks for all the congrats. This is rather a fun milestone to reach as when I first sold I said I'd be happy with 5, then 10, and so forth.

I do like the cover. Have no idea what happened to Hank. He's probably on facebook somewhere, but I haven't evolved that far.