Here’s the final work-up of the cover of my debut novel, The Hunted
(you can see the original work-up on my website . . . I haven’t changed it yet). Sorry, I don’t have a better quality graphic yet.
Here’s how it works: The contract states that the publisher (Strang/Realms)
has the last say on the cover. So they sent it to me for comments. Honestly, at first I wasn’t thrilled. I was expecting something else, not sure what but . . . else. But the more I looked at it and imagined it on a shelf in a store, the more it grew on me. Except two things. One, they had my name as “Michael Dellosso,” which is fine (after all, that is
my name) and I liked how it looked on the cover but everything I do online and my website has me as “Mike Dellosso.” So I asked them to change that. Two, I wasn’t sure how a CBA audience would respond to all the blood on the cover. So I asked them to tone down on the blood.
Well, I was one for two. They changed the name but said no-can-do to the blood part. The publisher is certain, after market research, that the cover will appeal to both CBA audiences and general audiences. And that’s what my agent said, that they were going after a more commercial look to appeal to the general Barnes & Noble book buyer. Here’s hoping they’re right.