Saturday, July 30, 2011
I've had a very tough job this past week, as I worked with the cover artist who is designing the artwork for my re-release of Beneath a Silver Moon, my first Western romance. I managed to get the rights back from Dorchester Publishing, and will be releasing it as a digital book for the first time.
Editing the book was tough enough, because I had to work from the original Word file, the changes my editor Kate Seaver made were all on paper. (Now my editors make changes and correction as digital files and we send them back and forth).
But the cover... that was something else. I was very lucky to see Shane Rice at the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention when he was named runner up to the Mr. Romance title. Even better was his "costume" for the posing segment, (I know it sounds hilarious, but if you had a chance to be there, it was awesome!) He was Wyatt Earp. And I knew I'd found my hero.
I was also lucky to have a friend who is a graphic designer and wanted to try creating a cover. She does costume and graphic design for the HBO series, True Blood, and I've worked with her on other projects.
I contacted Shane, gave him some ideas of what I wanted, and his agent set up a photo shoot.
Then I was sent a link to choose some photos. This is where the process paused for a while. Choosing a good image from over a hundred amazing shots was really difficult. I finally narrowed it down to a couple. This is one we didn't end up using but I'm saving it for something else. Maybe a trading card.
And this one, well I bought it for promotion... and it might end up in a book trailer video.
If you are interested in seeing more images of Shane, you can contact his agent JD Dewitt at www.theviewtalent.com
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