Every year the Houston Bay Area Chapter of Romance Writers of America hosts a cover contest called Judge A Book By Its Cover. This year, the cover for my novella, The Marquess and the Midwife, is competing in the JABBIC.
I’ve blogged about the importance of book covers here before. Readers see that image first, then the title, then the author’s name, then the blurb. All of these are important. Famous and beloved authors can get by with crappy covers, titles, and blurbs. For everyone else, the elements of book branding are critical for getting readers to click on a link, or to flip the cover open and poke around inside.
I thought long and hard about the title for The Marquess and Midwife, and struggled (as usual) trying to get the blurb right. I had ideas about the cover, but I turned them over to Cami Brite of Brite Designs and let her work her magic. She put the cover together with stock photos from Period Images and Depositphotos.
Please Consider Casting a Vote
Cami and I would really appreciate your vote for The Marquess and the Midwife. All you have to do is go to page 3 of the historical covers on the JABBIC site (this link should take you right there), scroll down, and give The Marquess and the Midwife the five-star rating that Cami’s work deserves!
Do it today! I’m not sure when the Reader’s Choice contest closes, but it will be no later than February 15th when the winners are announced.
A Free Read
I have a free read posted for this month only, my contemporary romance “A Valentine for Lily”. This story was first published in the anthology Romancing the Pages. Enjoy this short, sweet, holiday read.