Under the Covers with Nancy Lauzon
Posted by Selena Robins Musings
Nancy will be sharing her thoughts on book covers, something I know she is passionate about.
She has also generously offered to run a CONTEST. THREE LUCKY PEOPLE will each win one one of her fabulous books in the Chick Dick Mysteries. If you love mystery, comedy, intrigue and romance, you’re in for a real treat.
CONTEST DETAILS BELOW:
Take it away, Nancy. . . . (Please note: the covers shown here are Nancy’s NEW covers, not the ones she is discussing)
Good quality book cover art is absolutely crucial to a writer’s sales. Or as fellow blogger Chuck Wendig puts it: ‘Make sure your cover doesn’t suck a bag of dicks.’ I apologize for the rough language, but there’s just no better way of saying it.
Early in my career I published three novels with a small press publisher. For months prior to their launch dates, I roamed the aisles of bookstores and studied the covers in front of me, to find out what was selling. I discovered what I liked and didn’t like. I had a vision for my novels.
I was assured by my publisher that she had an artist who did her covers, and he was very good. She felt, in fact, that her covers were such high quality, they set her books apart.
The first cover wasn’t bad, but only because my niece, who is in graphic design, conceptualized the look, and the artist’s final rendering was based on her idea. I didn’t like the font he used, but I kept my mouth shut. Even though I was allowed to give suggestions, the cover was not in my control, and the publisher’s choice was final.
For Novel #2 the publisher suggested a photograph of a man and a woman on a motorbike. I liked it. But then the artist added a rainbow. It looked hokey and cheap. I hated it, and asked him to deep six the rainbow. I still didn’t like the font.
By the time Novel #3 came along, I was wary. I discussed with the artist what the book was about, some key themes and concepts, and I sent him examples of fonts and graphics on other covers he’d done that I liked.
He ignored me, and sent me a very dark cover, with what looked like a bright, red testicle on the front.
Yes, a testicle, that thing that hangs between a man’s legs.
It was his version of an orchid.
I flipped out. I was ready to rip up my contract. I told my publisher that if she didn’t do something I wouldn’t lift a finger to promote the book. That I would deny it was mine. She calmed me down and assured me she would change it. I think even she knew it was too hideous to show the public.
The cover I ended up with was better, but not great. He did some kind of underwater thing in a very dark blue – the guy loved anything dark- and again, used the exact kind of font I hated. He probably did that just to piss me off, since I wrote him a rather nasty email.
Suffice it to say, the whole experience made me decide not to renew my contract.
Because the truth is, people do judge books by their cover.
If you want something done right, do it yourself. So I hired artist Lisa Desimini whose work I love, and re-released all three books with new covers. They’re whimsical, quirky and fun, and reflect exactly what’s under my covers.
They’re fabulous, don’t you think?
SELENA ROBINS’ REVIEWS of the Chick Dick Mysteries
Take one kick-ass heroine, equipped with plenty of sass and martial arts, add a Harley driven by a smart, witty, and hot hero, mix in a lot of trouble—the Hell’s Angel type of trouble—plus parents embroiled in a mess of their own—the covert on the run from assassins kind—and you have a well written, smart, funny, mysterious, suspenseful and romantic novel. THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE HAIR showcases a cool hero and heroine and a cast quirky characters that will entertain and surprise you at every turn.
Mystery, Comedy, Romance, Page turning read.
GONE GROOM GONE is a fun light-hearted comedy, peppered with plenty of mystery, suspense, and romance. Nancy Lauzon not only entertains the reader at a good pace, but she surprises the reader with her unique story line and the many twists and turns that will keep you turning the page. You will cheer for the heroine and fall in love with the hero. Nancy Lauzon’s snappy dialogue and wit shine through in GONE GROOM GONE. A wonderful book to read on the beach, or cuddle up with on a rainy day.
Nancy Lauzon’s flair for unique storytelling and unforgettable characters along with her talent for writing page-flipping prose, keeps the reader riveted to THE HAUNTING OF HALEY. Once again, Nancy Lauzon had this reader feeling the emotions of each character, with laughter, tension and at times a few tears.
THE HAUNTING OF HALEY features an intelligent, strong heroine, and a heart-throb hero who both have a past that they have to deal with in order to be able to move ahead. It is in these characters and in the distinctive plot and subplot that the reader will experience emotional turmoil in this must read.
Nancy Lauzon blends the right amount of mystery, romance, and sprinkles it with a good balance of eccentric, quirky, fun and mysterious characters.
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CONTEST DETAILS WITH THREE CHANCES TO WIN:
Everyone who leaves a comment will have their name put in for a draw.
If you comment and link back to my blog on your blog, you get your name in draw TWICE.
If you follow my blog, you get your name in the draw THREE times.
What do you win? One of Nancy’s wonderful novels in her Chick Dick Mystery series.
About Selena Robins MusingsGenre-defying, witty, humorous, suspenseful, romantic and sexy--words used to describe Selena's novels. A chocolate guru, she loves to dance with her dog, sing into her hairbrush and write in her PJ's. In love with her family, friends, books, laughter, hockey, lively discussions and red wine (sometimes all at the same time). Selena is a dragon slayer who enjoys reading and writing sassy heroines and hot heroes (the ones your mamma warned you about, but secretly wished she'd dated a few in her life). To learn more about Selena and all her books, visit her website at: https://selenarobins.com/
Posted on January 24, 2012, in Author Interviews, Contest, Fiction Writing and tagged Chick Dick Mysteries, Chuck Wendig, Cover Art, Graphic Artist, Lisa Desimini, Mystery, Nancy Lauzon. Bookmark the permalink. 44 Comments.