I am over the moon about the cover for Voodoo Butterfly.
So how does a cover get made?
My publisher had me submit a form that listed various details about my book (like physical descriptions of the characters, setting, important objects, etc.). The form helped the cover artist hone in on the things most important to visually representing my story.
These were the key elements I conveyed to the artist:
- Simplicity: I love the beautiful simplicity of the Twilight series, so I mentioned those covers to the artist, and she did very well incorporating that feel.
- Transformation: Butterflies are extremely important in Voodoo Butterfly, both metaphorically and physically. Sophie, my main character, undergoes inner and outer transformations in the novel. And her spell literally changes people for the better when they are making bad decisions in their lives. In fact, on the information form, I could choose whether I’d like to have an object or people on the cover and I chose the monarch butterfly.
- Brand: Voodoo Butterfly is a paranormal romance and women’s fiction mash-up. My tagline is “Love, purpose, and the paranormal in New Orleans.” To inspire the artist, I mentioned Laini Taylor’s book, Daughter of Smoke & Bone for the whimsy, beauty, and edge of its artwork. On my cover, the monarch along with my title provides a mystical quality, whereas the smoke rising in the background is mysterious, edgy, and a bit sexy.
- What I Don’t Want: One of the questions on the form asked what I didn’t want. My reply? Shirtless men or bosomy women. I know some people dig those covers, but my characters are not shirtless and/or bosomy.
What do you think about the cover?
Now for another big reveal…
The release date for Voodoo Butterfly is October 15!!!
Camille Faye | Author of Voodoo Butterfly | Coming October 2014
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