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Saturday, October 03, 2009

I've got my cover!

Just the other day, I was sent the jpeg for the cover of my debut novel, Crossing Oceans. Truth be known, one of my fears in the whole publishing process was getting a cover that I hated. Covers, in my opinion, matter a lot. They definitely do to me when I'm looking to buy a book.

Going in, I knew what I liked and what I didn't. The way I figured it, what appealed to me probably would appeal to my potential reader.

Tyndale was really great about the process. They asked what sort of cover I really liked and what type of cover I would be miserable with. Being book obsessed as I am, I already had a file with covers that captured me and had already figured out what turned me off about others. I shared all of that with them.

The original cover they sent looked just like the one you see here, except the little girl's hair was different than I had imagined it should be. I said so, and they graciously made the change.


I originally pictured a cover with lots of blues, but the pink, shell-like hues are beautiful and I'm so thrilled with my cover I could cry.

After many years and rejections, seeing my cover is one of the few sweet moments in this business and I wanted to share it with you.

Many thanks to my brilliant cover designer, Jennifer Ghionzoli. You did an awesome job. I love it!!!

27 comments:

Ane Mulligan said...

I LOVE the cover, Gina. When I first saw it, I cried. As a CP, I suppose that's expected. :) Love you, love the cover, and I couldn't be more proud!!

Noel De Vries said...

lovely

Jessica Dotta said...

The cover is AWESOME! I love it, especially knowing the tone of the story. They captured it.

Sharon Kirk Clifton said...

Oh, Gina, I love the cover. It definitely makes me want to read the book. The soft shell pinks are evocative. Covers do matter. This one is as effective as a good hook because it raises questions that I want answered.

Kelly Klepfer said...

Perfect.

Sally Bradley said...

Gina, that's a great cover. It kind of reminds me of a Jodi Picoult cover.

Looking forward to reading it.

Sara Mills said...

Gina that is an incredible cover. The little girl looks just like I imagined. SO incredibly pleased for you.

C.J. Darlington said...

Oh, awesome! Beautiful. Seeing a cover for the first time is DEFINITELY one of the highlights of the whole process. And Jennifer Ghionzoli is the best! She designed my cover too!

Tamika: said...

Gina, I am beaming with you! This is a beautiful cover.

Thank God for keeping His promises- that every good work he begins he will complete.

Blessings to you...

Sheila Deeth said...

It's a lovely cover. Would certainly attract me to the book. Congratulations.

Gina Holmes said...

Thanks ladies! I appreciate the kind words and encouragement. It's definitely a rare and wonderful moment in life. Glad I could share it with you.

Johnnie said...

The cover is breathtaking. Thank you for sharing a little about the process and your preparation. Sounds like a good file to get started!

Gina Holmes said...

Thanks Johnnie, and good luck on the MS you just sent off!

joesbarngrill said...

Way to go, Idaho!
Yes, covers grab my attention. The stuff beneath could be Grisham-worthy but if the cover does not grab my attention, then, it won't won't even get a blip on the 'grab me' meter.
so, does that make me shallow? Or just a consumer?
anyway, kudos to you, Gina.
yes, you do deserve it. never let youself say anything else.

Carrie Turansky said...

Love your cover! Beautiful design!

Blessings,
Carrie

Janna Qualman said...

This is just beautiful! I'm very drawn to it.

Congratulations on the cover, and on the coming publication.

Gina Holmes said...

Thanks for the encouraging words!

Connie Reece said...

Love the cover -- definitely something I would pick up in the bookstore and examine closely.

Marcia said...

Gorgeous cover, Gina. So thrilled for you! Marcia

Tolly Moseley said...

Congratulations, Gina!!!! The cover is so beautiful, I can't wait to read this! We love Tyndale, such a wonderful publisher. :)

Johnnie said...

Gina, thanks for your nice note. Waiting for the "yea/nay" is the hardest part!

Elizabeth Ludwig said...

It's beautiful, G! I'm so happy for you, and so glad that you're thrilled with it, too. The best part, I know the work inside is just as beautiful!

Mary DeMuth said...

What an amazing journey you've been on, and how perfect that you love the cover. A huge congratulations!

pat jeanne said...

A lovely cover, Gina. I'm so happy for you.

Nora St. Laurent said...

BEAUTIFUL COVER GINA!!! I'm SO EXCITED for you!! They did a WONDERFUL job. It really stands out and makes you want to look inside.

All the best to you. I can't wait to read it.

Sincerely,

Nora
Finding Hope Through Fiction

Lynnette Bonner said...

The cover is beautiful, Gina! I'm so happy for you. Congrats! :)

Gina Holmes said...

Thanks everyone. you're all so sweet to take the time to pump me up. I appreciate it :)