Wednesday, June 16, 2010
This is It! Substitute Me...The Cover
Okay Meltingpot Readers,
I warned you that the cover of my new novel, Substitute Me, looked like a scene from an Easy Rawlins mystery. Was I not right?
I admit that I think the cover is attractive. I like the colors but I'm not sure if my intended audience --women-- would see this on the bookstore shelf and want to pick it up.
On the flips side -- literally and figuratively -- however, to appease that concern of mine, my publisher played with the back cover because the book is coming out in paperback. The back cover shows a Black woman pushing a bugaboo stroller. She's obviously supposed to be the nanny. Now, in the book, Zora, the nanny, has dredlocks. In the picture on the back cover her hair is curly. But I still think she's cute and she's rockin' nice boots. But does any of this really matter?
So tell me please, what do you think of the cover? Would it catch your eye? And be honest because it wasn't my design idea. And it's not like I can change it, but at least I'll know what I'm up against as I start my publicity campaign.
Okay, let me hear it.