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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I have the best cover designers at Thomas Nelson, bar none! With The Lightkeeper's Bride, Kristen actually did a photo shoot which was pretty cool. Ami and Kristen got my input on the dress the model would wear and consulted me on the model as well. As soon as I saw the model for the cover, I knew she was Addie. I'd never dreamed to find a model who looked like the picture I had in my head. I just love the way the cover came out! Then last week I got an interesting email from the MOTHER of the model! Isn't that the coolest thing? Her mom told me Alycia is expecting a baby girl in April. She lives in Oregon, which is just perfect since the book is set in northern California! She's a photographer herself by trade. Here is her website:

I was just thrilled to "meet" her mom, and through her, Alycia! Yesterday I got to pick the dress for the new book, The Lightkeeper's Bride, and last week I picked the model. I can't wait to see what they do with the new one too! But it will be hard to outdo this one. I thought I'd show you how it ended up because I asked your input several months ago when I first got it. It was beautiful then but didn't hint of any suspense. Several of you suggested darkening the sky, and I passed that request along. Kristen did exactly what I asked and I think it turned out perfectly! I'll be drawing a name from my last post to win the free copies and will post the winners here later today.

When you read a book, do you picture the person on the cover or do you come up with someone in your head? What makes you grab up a book? Title, cover, back blurb?

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Colleen Coble  
posted at 6:31 AM  
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At 7:10 AM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I always refer to the picture on the cover (when there is one!) and it bugs me terribly when the picture doesn't match the character description. I recently read a book that had a little girl with long, very curly hair and the kid on the cover had short straight hair. I don't think it's that hard to get it right, is it?
And your cover is lovely. How fun to model for the cover of a book.

At 8:27 AM, Blogger Timothy Fish said...

I tend to forget what the person on the cover looks like once I begin reading. I know that some readers don't like having people on the cover at all because they don't match the image in their head. The one thing I can say to that is that for my books the image on the cover matches the author's concept because he did the artwork too.

At 8:35 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

I love the way your cover turned out! Kristen is amazing!

At 8:57 AM, Blogger Valerie said...

It's a lovely cover! Very appealing, that's for sure.

What makes me pick up a book? The author - definitely. The cover art and the back blurb are also big sellers for me.

What irks me is when the character's description in the book doesn't match the cover art at all. (i.e. She has black hair and green eyes in the book but has blonde hair and brown eyes on the cover, etc.)

At 8:58 AM, Blogger Valerie said...

Oh, I forgot to say that I do picture them differently in my head once I get into the story, but the cover art is definitely a draw.

At 5:36 PM, Blogger Kameko said...

I didn't really pay much attention to the cover when I started reading "The Lightkeeper's Daughter." However, the farther into the book I read, the face of Addie that developed in mind's eye ended up looking so much like the woman on the cover. It does seem to help when the picture I conjure up matches the cover. A book I just finished reading described the female character as having auburn hair, the model on the front had blonde, so that sort of distracted my thoughts a little.

At 5:37 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Oh I hate it when the picture on the cover doesn't match the character! Thanks for the comments.

At 5:56 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

I buy on impulse when the cover looks cool! I have 5 books by new authors (new to me) on pre-order through Amazon just because they have cool covers. I don't even know what they're about!! LOL

LOVED LIGHTKEEPER'S DAUGHTER!! The cover is way awesome and the stormy clouds looked so much better once they darkened them.

How do you become a book cover model? THAT is an interesting topic - not becuase I have aspirations to model for book covers - just because it's ... intriguing. I think you should write a book about a man who stalks teh model of a book cover he falls unhealthily (my new word) obsessed with. :) :)

At 12:04 AM, Blogger Ruthie said...

I think what initially draws me to a book is the cover art. However, I ALWAYS read the back blurb before buying (or checking out from the library). If the back blurb doesn't pique my interest, the book goes back on the shelf, even if it's from an author I know.

That being said, when I begin reading a book, the cover art does have some, if not a lot, of influence on my imagination.

It will be interesting to see your model choice for the upcoming cover. But how on earth can you improve on perfection??

At 2:14 AM, Blogger Alycia said...

Hi Colleen,

This is Alycia! My mom passed along the emails you two exchanged. She actually just finished the book and loved it! I was honored to be the model and am excited to see how the cover for the next one turns out.
Alycia White

Ps: Thank you for posting my link. You didn't have to do that :)

At 4:34 AM, Blogger Cheri said...

The first thing that grabs me is the picture, but ALWAYS read the the description of what the book is about.

I like to picture the character in my mind. Just something I have always done, except the dogs you put in your books. Love to see the dogs, lol.

At 6:39 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Alycia, how great to hear from you! Thanks for taking time to stop by. I just love the work you did on my cover! Thank you for that. :-) I hope your pregnancy is going well. Your mom is where we were a little over a year ago, awaiting our first grandbaby. Our punky is the light of our lives! I'd love to see a picture when that little darling of yours arrives!

Gang, our Jaime is back! She just delivered little Chloe. What a DOLL! You feeling okay, Jaime?

At 8:27 AM, Blogger hotcoffeenow said...

I usually forget what the cover looks like when I'm taken away by the story. Altho I must admit, I don't think there are many books I've read where there IS someone pictured on the cover, rather than drawn, I guess. That said, I just realized I'm not drawn to book covers with actual photographs of a person on the cover....hmmmm. I'm drawn to contemporary looking covers, and then read the back to see if the story sounds interesting. I do realize I may be missing out on a lot of good reads by judging a book by its cover, lol.


At 2:40 PM, Blogger The Farmer's Wife said...

You know, I don't look at the model on the cover that much. It's the blurb and title that suck me in. I'm more like Timothy Fish...forget the cover once I'm reading.

I think I'm a moody book buyer....depends on what mood I'm in as to what I buy! That's no help whatsoever.

At 5:35 PM, Blogger Ruth said...

There are always many reasons I'm drawn to a book. But, a good cover always helps me find a new author to read. I love how Christian books have transitioned from drawings of people to "real" people on the cover. However, I also find it disappointing when the person on the cover doesn't match the description in the book. One time the author mentioned her character having blue eyes, but the person on the cover clearly had brown eyes.

At 6:20 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

Hey all!! Chloe is fine and I am fine and we are home!! Glad to b back :)

At 7:32 PM, Blogger adge said...

I usually picture someone in my head but it will be loosely based on the cover. And I grab up a book because of the cover but I buy a book because of the blurb on the back.

At 3:31 PM, Blogger Leticia said...

I always refer to the picture to see if it coincides with the description of the heroine or hero. Or even the background of the home, etc.

The front cover is very important because it either catches the reader's attention or it doesn't.

This cover would have drawn my attention immediately, because of the dress.

I can't wait to read your book.


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