Question Wednesday: Covers

On January 2nd I put out a call for questions (in conjunction with a contest) and many of you asked some great ones! Every Wednesday (until I run out of questions), I’ll be answering them here! There may be ones that are related, so I’ll answer multiple questions at once. You can always add a new questions to the queue by posting them as a comment here.

Today’s question is on I get a lot about cover art! Patti R. asked:

Who does your cover art for your books? I think they are all fantastic covers. Will Club Monstrosity have the same type of cover art? Do you have the final say in picking the final image?

Covers are really an interesting thing. Although we’re all taught not to judge a book by its cover, but we can’t help but do it. I know I’ve bought books just because I thought their covers were awesome. Now that books are coming in electronic methods, covers have to be evaluated in ever changing ways. A thumbnail has to stand out as much or even more as that whole glorious mass market paperback cover did.

With traditionally published books like MARRIED WITH ZOMBIES, FLIP THIS ZOMBIE, EAT SLAY LOVE, CLUB MONSTROSITY and THE MONSTERS IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD the publisher is the one that designs the cover. Orbit and Pocket both have art departments of their own and their very talented artists (and the freelance artists they employ) are the ones that put together the images and layouts for the covers. An author may be asked for their input or suggestions, and is usually shown the final product before it goes public, in the end we don’t have much input. I can say I have concerns about a cover color or design, but if the publisher is comfortable with it, it’s unlikely to be changed.

With my self-published work, I am the one who solicits the artwork for my covers. For IN THE DEAD: Volume 1 and THE ZOMBIE WHISPERER, I used Hot Damn Designs. Kim Killion and her crew are great. I know that THE ZOMBIE WHISPERER cover has been a little bit controversial (some people hate it) but it was exactly what I wanted. It’s nice to have that control, but it also requires more time and energy on the part of an author (since you have to really outline exactly what you want in the design for the artist).

As for what the cover for CLUB MONSTROSITY will look like, well that’s a great question. Pocket isn’t the same publisher as Orbit, so their covers are going to be different! And here it is:

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I LOVE it. I love, love, love it. But what about you? What do you think about what Pocket put together?

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