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Monday, January 15, 2007


Midnight Sea is shipping to stores now, and I got my first two advance copies on Friday. Ami was gone so I couldn't call her and cry. I had to just sit there and hold it and cry by myself.

It's always a little bit surreal to hold a book in my hands. It's something I worked and slaved for months over, but by the time it arrives, I've usually written at least one other book, maybe two.

This one was special because it's a Women of Faith book AND it has a sticker for a $5 rebate when you buy it. The cover has changed several times, and when it finally came to this one, I screamed. (There's a lot of noise involved at any excitement in the Coble household.)

The only thing that could have made it the teeniest bit better was if the dog actually looked like Fisher, the golden retriever in the book. The dog that fit the cover was obviously a German shepherd. LOL You wouldn't believe the trouble the cover designers have to go through to find dogs for the covers. When I wrote the Rock Harbor series, they actually did a photo shoot to try to get the right look for Samson (though it still didn't end up right) because he was such a main character in the series.

How big a deal are the covers when you buy a book? What catches your attention first--the cover, the title, or the author's name? Right now we're working on the cover for Abomination, my first hardcover. I was crazy about the first cover they came up with but this new revision is just fabulous. Here's a peek though it will probably be tweaked some. What do you think?
Colleen Coble  
posted at 9:00 AM  
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At 9:51 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Love both titles, Colleen. And congrats on your hardcover. Hallelujah! (my version of wooohoo!!!).

Just one thing: can they make "Abomination" bigger and an less-fancy font? I like titles and authors' names to be as big as possible so you can clearly decipher them, esp. in catalogs, etc. Course I know you have to work up to a big font for your name. And you've done it! Again, congrats!

At 10:24 AM, Blogger Dana said...

Are those feathers? I'm a dope. I don't get it. But it probably would peak my interest and make me pick it up to get a closer look. :)

At 10:57 AM, Blogger allen said...

I agree with Kristy on the font size of the title. I like the color, but the cursive font doesn't look to "abomination-y"...

Dana's not a dope...I too was a bit confused by the feathers. But it is interesting. I recall what you had said about the story quite some time ago, but couldn't remember how feathers played in to it. It would definitely cause me to read the back of the book. Also, does the front image wrap around to the back of the book?

At 10:57 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Those ARE feathers, Dana. They play a rather important part in the story, but I won't tell you what yet. LOL

I thought it was an intriguing cover too. I'd want to know more about it. Thanks for the suggestions, Kristy!

At 10:59 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I don't know if it wraps or not, Allen, but it would look very cool if it did! I'll mention it. Thanks!

At 11:06 AM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Colleen! How grand! I love both covers. I'm very impressed.

They have good "pick up" and read the back cover appeal.

Love, Rachel

At 12:23 PM, Blogger eileen said...

And I loved Fisher the dog! Great covers... Can't wait for the next read.

At 1:16 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

Oh my gosh. I love the Abomination cover. I would get a chill and pick it up to read the back cover immediately :) But I agree about the font. It doesn't look very abominable.

At 1:38 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

The contrast between the feathers and the word Abomination is just plain chilling. good job to the designer! I agree that the title could be a bit bigger (or maybe I finally need bifocals--gasp). Other than that, creepy.

That is what you're going for, right? LOL

At 2:52 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I definitely was going for a little creepy. LOL So glad you like it!

At 3:56 PM, Blogger ~ Brandilyn Collins said...

Congratulations, Colleen, on another book shipping! Thou shalt now go out and eateth chocolate.

At 5:41 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

What captures my attention first? Usually a fun cover! When I first saw the cover for the Theodora books (Theodora's Diary, Wedding and Baby) I adored it and knew it would be a great read! Sometimes this backfires on me, but I've always gone with the cover-even back in the 80's when I spent all of my allowance money on brand new CCM albums.

At 7:26 PM, Blogger Sabrina L. Fox said...

Okay, it sounds like I'm in the minority, but I kinda like the small print for Abomination. I see it like you need to whisper the title it's so creepy.

At 3:52 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

I pre-ordered Midnight Sea. I can't wait!!! I like the new cover - but (where I preordered from) has a different cover posted. I'll be interested to see what winds up on my doorstep! :)

At 3:54 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

They probably have that preliminary cover, Jaime. The cover I posted is the only one to actually hit print. I sort of forget what the first one even looked like. LOL

At 3:55 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Ah, a dissenting opinion, Sabrina. It actually looks pretty cool when you see the whole cover bigger too. It's hard to tell from that small jpg I posted.

At 5:16 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

Cool - I liked the cover you posted better. :) :) But the content is the most important - can't wait. I didn't even read what it's about :) I just ordered it based off the cover and the author's name. :) :) :)

At 6:26 PM, Blogger Heather said...

ohhh .. . both you and Diann have new books out. I'm going to have to run out and get them!

As for what grabs me. Any book that has a chick-lit'ish cover will reel me in. Next is either author recognition or seeing something in the mystery/legal genre. Usually the only covers I quickly pass over are the ones that look like romance novel.s

At 6:40 PM, Blogger Liz said...

Am I the only one that has little red x's where the pictures should be?? Cause I'd really like to see them....sadness :(

At 6:45 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

No, Liz - I could view the pics yesterday but got little red x's today too - you can view one of the covers on Colleen's website (the link is on the front page of the blog)

At 6:50 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Hm, I wonder what happened. Let me see if I can fix it.

At 7:16 PM, Blogger Liz said...

Yay, now I can see them! I like the feather deal. I haven't decided whether or not the title should be bigger. I kinda agree with Sabrina, having it smaller and in that font type kinda gives it that eeire feel!

At 8:07 AM, Blogger Ruth said...

Covers are a huge deal to me. I classy, well-designed cover will often prompt me to pick up a book by an author I've never read.

At 8:26 AM, Blogger Jaime said...

Maybe it says something if the author's name is larger than the title? Meaning, people by the book becuase of the author's name rather than the title? That's what I look for often - the name of the author ... just a thought to add a twist to the conversation :)

At 8:40 AM, Blogger Todd said...

I like the cover. It's kind of a contrast. A feather and the word Abomination. Innocence and evil. I don't like it as well as the other cover you showed me once.

That said, covers rarely catch my attention when I'm in the bookstore. If the book is one of an author I'm familiar with already, I'll buy it. I buy a lot of books on the strength of the author's name. When you buy a Colleen Coble novel you know you're getting a quality read. Even if perhaps it turns out to not be your type of story. I've had that happen, especially with Ted Dekker. All his books have been good, but not always my cup of tea.

I'm reading a Knootz novel at the moment that the cover is boring in my opinion. It's a repackaging of Midnight. In big letters at the top is the title. In the middle is his first name is larger print. At the bottom is his last name in the larger print. The background of this is a moon shimmering across the lake. Wow. Snore. I've had the novel for a couple of weeks and just figured out what the background is. I have many novels in my collect that I wouldn't have bought if all I'd had was a cover to make my decision.

If I'd been under a rock for a few decades and had never heard of him this cover would do nothing to make me buy it. Since I do know his work, his name sells me on it. It doesn't hurt that this is one that I keep hearing so much about.

At 11:16 PM, Blogger Anna Marie said...

Yes I think "Abomination" should be bigger.
I can't go by cover's any more. One time I got this book with dark bule backgourd with bold red letters and a powerful Title! I was like Wow this is going to Be A Good read!! But No,it was a Romance
A very silly one.
I did't even read it all.ha,ha.

At 9:49 AM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

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At 9:51 AM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

Congrats on Midnight Sea! And I love this cover for Abomination, but I have the inside scoop on the feathers :-)

At 11:58 AM, Blogger Sassy Style said...

Love the revised cover and the new book looks terrific. I so need to catch up on books, but my library doesn't have what I'm looking for and my wallet doesn't have what I need.

Sigh - maybe soon.



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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

Diann Hunt

Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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