Monday, November 21, 2005

Got Mine!


Well, after much angst, haggling and taking a poll, the new cover for the upcoming Trade version of Getting Hers actually speaks to the book, the potential audience and the characters.

They are three different, yet beautiful and determined women. The previous version of faces on the cover showed two women, who were pretty enough, but certainly looked as if they belonged on an Urban novel. My concern was not that the cover was not appealing, but rather that it sent the wrong message to potential buyers who would see the cover and expect to read about Sistah Girlz from Da Hood, which is not what GETTING HERS is all about.

I must say that I am pleased. I stood my ground and gave solid reasoning for my dissent and concern. Thankfully, my editor stood by me and they listened.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

LOVIN' IT!!! I am glad that it worked out the RIGHT way.

Demetairs said...

Hey Donna, congrats that cover is hot ta def! I think it should definitely attract some new readers. It should send the message of womanhood and just a black thang. Keep up the good work and I wish you continued success. Peace, Love, & Hav Plenty

Demetairs said...

That last post messed up. It was suppose to read Hey Donna, congrats that new cover is hot ta def! I think it should definitely attract some new readers. It sends the message of womanhood and not just a black thang. Keep up the good work and I wish you continued success. Peace, Love, & Hav Plenty

Frederick Smith said...

Love the new cover you negotiated for. That's so cool. It shows that we can indeed have "voice" in the decisions behind our books. Congrats... and the cover is wonderful!
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Jean said...

What a gorgeous new cover. I'm glad you were able to make a difference in getting a cover to more accurately reflect the contents of the book.

1-WhoWrites said...

You know I read Getting Hers and I really like the first cover but

yes yes yes
there's a
butttt

I like this one better after thinking about who you would actually attract to your book without boundaries. Great Idea and I'm glad you stood your grounds as well.

See, I was so prejudice by the red lips and thought in the wrong direction of where you really wanted to take this book.

Keep doing your thing and making your voice HEARD across the market of readers and writers. Sometime the cover of a book speaks volume.

Shesawriter said...

I *love* this cover. I will definitely get this book.

Tanya

Shelia said...

I love the new cover.

Shawn said...

Love the new cover. I am really looking forward to reading it.

McKenna Jeffries said...

Beautiful new cover.

McKenna

Michelle said...

good for you. Way to hold your ground. Love the new cover! Should go a long way with your desire to crossover for all readers! Hope all is well.

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Bestselling Author, Pontif. said...

Hi Donna.....that cover is beautiful! Congratulations. I think it's great that they actually decided to make it a multi-racial cover. Now let's just hope they market it to the commercial pool so they know you exist. That cover will certainly appeal to more than only black readers. Sales, sales, sales. Good luck!

Rose said...

Great cover: Smart move....

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