no, I didn’t design my book cover.

No, I didn’t design the cover for The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover.

No, I didn’t pose for it, either.

No, I’ve never met the people photographed for the cover. Nor the photographer. Nor the art director. I did send the photographer and art director heartfelt fan letters, though, for the gorgeous work they produced.

Once my non-writing friends learned I had a novel coming out, I got more questions about the cover than anything else. I found myself explaining, over and over again, that not only did the author have very little to do with the cover, but sometimes the cover had very little to do with the book.

Covers might illustrate characters from the story, or events from the story, but then again they might not, because the primary purpose of a cover, aside from protecting the pages within, is to sell the book. Covers are marketing tools, just like the logo on Macintosh computers or uniquely-shaped perfume bottles.

My publisher is Harlequin, and they do collect information from their authors about the setting of their book and the physical appearance of the characters. However, there’s no guarantee any of those details will make it to the cover.
Cover decisions are ultimately made by people whose job it is to sell books, and I for one am happy to let them do so! They’re professionals, who are devoting their professional energy towards selling books for the benefit of my publisher and for the benefit of me. What’s not to like about that?

Isn’t it beautiful? Didn’t they do a great job?

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen [she, her] currently writes cozy space opera for Kalikoi. The novella series A Place of Refuge begins with Finding Refuge: Telepathic warrior Talia Avi, genius engineer Miki Boudreaux, and augmented soldier Faigin Balfour fought the fascist Federated Colonies for ten years, following the charismatic dissenter Jon Churchill. Then Jon disappeared, Talia was thought dead, and Miki and Faigin struggled to take Jon’s place and stay alive. When the FC is unexpectedly upended, Talia is reunited with her friends and they are given sanctuary on the enigmatic planet Refuge. The trio of former guerillas strive to recover from lifetimes of trauma, build new lives on a planet with endless horizons, and forge tender new connections with each other.
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2 Responses to no, I didn’t design my book cover.

  1. Kate Willoughby says:

    It’s breathtaking. Really. :)

  2. Victoria Janssen says:

    I take absolutely no credit for its gorgeousness! *heh*

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