Emma Jean Cover Image is Here!

EmmaJeanCoverFinalHere it is!  The cover image for the novel, due out on February 12th.  I'm really happy with this cover because I think the woman in the image has the verve and energy of Emma Jean herself.

A bit of background on the process of selecting the cover.  My wonderful editor sent me three trial versions and asked me what I thought.  One of them looked like a car ad to me, with the model featuring a come-hither expression that looked to me like she was trying to be sexy.  She was draped over a bed with a laptop in front of her.  Good effort, but no.

The second one showed a close-up of a blonde woman with glasses reading a book.  I was tempted by this version, mostly because of the fact she was reading, but I didn't think the model looked much like Emma Jean.  She seemed a bit dowdy to me.  As my editor said, "I think Emma Jean is more put together than that."

The third version was similar to what you see on the right, but it showed only the model with slightly different typestyle.  I asked if we could add something literary-esque and my editor suggested the books.  The first version had the stack of books a bit taller and looked like they were about ready to topple over on top of her.  But then this version was presented to me–and I loved it.  They even used my favorite color, purple!  (In the novel, Emma Jean has a thing for purple pens.)

I feel blessed to have been so involved in the cover image.  I have no idea if this is normal or not but it's great!

So I'm counting down the days until release date, mastering Facebook, lining up guest posts and reviews and feeling a bit nervous about it all to be honest.  (By the way, if you're interested in a guest post or review or know anybody who might be, drop me a line.)

Any thoughts on the process?  Any questions?  Leave me a comment.

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01/08/2013 20:22

The cover is great…. I always was a sucker when it came to a sexy gal, and this gal certainly invites you to explore the book to find out even more about Emma Jean.

01/08/2013 20:25

Oh thank you so much, Don!  I'm so glad you like the cover.

01/09/2013 05:09

Charlotte, that is a fabulous cover! The model is very attractive without being gorgeous. I also like the coloring on the title. Of course, we’ve known the title for a long time, but it’s a great title.

01/09/2013 06:05

Great cover! I’m thrilled you had a chance for so much input. I’m glad you took advantage of it, too. Good for you!

01/09/2013 07:22

Thank you, Zan Marie!  I really wanted to have a cover I liked, not one that made me cringe every time I saw it.

01/09/2013 07:23

Thanks, J.D.  And that's exactly what my daughter said–that the model is pretty without being over the top, which is exactly perfect.  You'll be sharing your cover soon!

01/09/2013 08:39

Ooh, I love the cover! Hmm, I pictured her with shorter, darker hair for some reason. I have no idea how that works lol.

I love how you got your signature branding color purple in the title. How cool that Emma Jean has a thing for purple pens; so do I! :)

So very, very happy for you, Charlotte (and US having the opportunity to really get to know Emma Jean and all the other characters in the novel so very soon).

01/09/2013 08:55

Isn't it interesting how we develop ideas about fictional characters? What a funny process! Thanks for your excitement! 

01/09/2013 10:08

Congratulations, and I think you picked the right cover! Thanks for sharing your process with us.

01/09/2013 10:13

Thanks for reading and commenting, Barbara!

01/09/2013 11:19

Fantastic cover, Charlotte. Congratulations on your success. Here’s to more to come!

01/09/2013 11:28

Ahh, thank you, Sandy!  And I'm so glad you like the cover!

01/10/2013 11:30

Looks terrific! Congratulations!

01/10/2013 12:40

Thank you, Melissa!

01/10/2013 14:08

This is so exciting, Charlotte! I’ve got goosebumps.

01/10/2013 14:28

I do, too, Patty, nearly all day every day.  Thanks for sharing in my excitement!

01/10/2013 19:07

How exciting and real!

01/10/2013 21:14

I Love It! Congrats. Roy

01/11/2013 03:04

Great cover Charlotte. To me it’s very Emma Jean. Can’t explain what makes it fit, but in my Zen way that makes it even more fitting. :-)

01/11/2013 07:11

I know, "real" being the operative word.  That's the crazy part after all this time!

01/11/2013 07:13

Thanks, Roy, you have my eternal gratitude for so much in my life!

01/11/2013 07:15

I love your Zen way, Derek! And I'm glad you like the cover as well.

01/14/2013 09:04

Love the cover! I can’t wait to read it!

01/14/2013 09:51

Thanks, Beverly!

Brian Oppenheimer
01/21/2013 15:32

Hot cover, Charlotte. I’m sooo happy for you. I want to be first in line to buy this book, having read your first stab at initial chapters. You go, girl!
Hope to see you this spring.

01/21/2013 15:46

Thanks Brian! I'm so excited for you to read it! Thanks for dropping by.