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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Quirky Is As Quirky Does



About the book cover for LUMBERJACK IN LOVE...

1. My book is a romantic comedy.

2. The cover is romantic comedy.

3. The book is about a lumberjack/woodworker.

4. The cover looks like a wood-block print.

5. I lived in Vermont. I love Vermont. I wrote about Vermont. I adore Mary Azarian, a Vermont artist who does primitive-style block art, such as this....




6. So I asked Anne Nydam, a professional block-print artist, to make a cover for my book. Same style, to tie in with the Vermont woodsy setting.

Here are some other amazing pieces Anne has created...





7. The book is filled with jokes, puns, comedy. So I thought it would be funny to do a cover that was a joke. Over the top. Silly. Cheesy.

8. Wouldn't it be funny to do a take-off on the 1980s bodice ripper style romance covers? With Fabio looking down at the heroine, who is clutching his leg and staring up at him adoringly?



And substitute my contemporary characters, a lumberjack and slick city gal. Ridiculous, right?

I know. It's supposed to be ridiculous.

9. Oops. I guess some people don't get the joke. Oh well.

10. I like the little chipmunk in the front left corner.


So, live and learn. Some folks like different and quirky. Some like naked dudes on the cover. Some want a stock image from a photography site. And some want a pretty girl in a purple, ruffly dress.

Love it or hate it, this cover is attracting a lot of attention.

Bottom line: The cover fits the book. LUMBERJACK IN LOVE is light-hearted and funny. So is the cover.

(And it's now available IN PRINT! $5.50 at Create Space. Will be available at Amazon and other bookstores soon!)

Happy Reading!
Penelope

18 comments:

Liberty said...

I love the cover! And it does evoke the image of the bodice rippers.

Keep up the good work.

Sherri Browning Erwin said...

I think the cover hits all the right notes. If someone doesn't get it, so be it. Also, the chipmunk is awesome! Just noticed that.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I agree. I like it! :)

Stephanie said...

Love your cover and thanks for the link to Anne Nydam's work.

Penelope said...

Thanks, Liberty! I think Fabio would be pleased. Hee hee!

Penelope said...

Thanks, Sherri! One thing about doing a self-pubbed book is that you can do anything for the cover. So I did. :^)

Penelope said...

Thanks, Juju!

Penelope said...

Stephanie...Anne is a wonderful artist. Check out her website and Etsy shop. She has some really cool prints and books available.

Julia Barrett said...

I love the art work. I'd buy one of those block prints in a New York minute. So quaint, elegant, stylish. I think your cover is outstanding!

Penelope said...

Julia--Thanks #1 Fan! :^)

Geekamicus said...

People are giving you grief about your cover? Le' me at 'em!

I liked the cover and once I found out it was a take on a bodice ripper I LOVED the cover.

Come on people, it's fun.

JenM said...

It amazes me that people like those beefcake, headless torso covers that all look the same, but then would criticize this one. Oh well. You can't please everyone. I think the cover is great - it definitely conveys the tone of the book. I read it last week, and it was such a fun and sweet story.

Penelope said...

Geek...I personally like fun. ;^)

Penelope said...

JenM--Thanks so much for reading and enjoying the book! My book Sweet Magik has a sexy cover...some folks loved that cover and some hated it. Everyone has his own opinion, as it should be!

Thanks again!

Carolyn Crane said...

Oh, I knew it was a take-off, but so fun to see it side by side with SAVAGE THUNDER.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

I LIKE how the cover's different! I didn't notice the chipmunk until you pointed it out, either. Cute! You definitely can't please everyone.

Penelope said...

CC---I sent Anne a bunch of Johanna Lindsey covers and said..."Go at it!" Hee hee! I think she did a great job, and I love the humor.

Penelope said...

HMCW--I like different, too. And you're right about not pleasing everyone.