The Cover of I Have People
I make a habit of sharing my old and new covers with readers. It's always interesting to hear their feedback. Just like a first draft manuscript needs tons of work, a first draft book cover needs help too.
Book covers are such an important decision. Everyone will judge your book by its cover—as a matter of fact, it will also determine whether or not someone will buy your book or not. If buyers don’t care for your cover, it doesn’t matter how amazing the book is on the inside. No one will ever know because they won’t have read it!
I Have People has a very happy cover. In spite of the very happy cover, the book inside deals with the very sensitive issue of domestic abuse. When I first posted I Have People on Goodreads, someone posted the following message:
I thought the title was I Hate People and loved the juxtaposition of such a saucy title with a color happy cover, but alas, alas, I was mistaken.
Too funny. However, I am a ‘happily ever after’ writer, therefore the happy cover matches the happy ending! I promise!
Back when I was first getting ready to publish, my daughter felt that I should create new book covers--not just for I Have People, but for all of my books. She was right and I’m glad I listened to her. Some of my covers changed drastically with this decision. However, the cover for I Have People kept its original theme. While the covers are very different from each other, I believe the underlying message conveyed to readers remained the same.
Here they are, my old and new covers:
(I Have People was never published with the old cover.)