What do you think? I love it: it’s deceptively simple, contemporary and playful, but with an edge, once you know the subject matter.
Authors don’t generally have contracted final approval of their covers (meaning that if it came down to it, the publisher could use a cover an author doesn’t like) but it’s in everyone’s best interest for the author to love the cover, because publishers need authors to help sell their own book, which they're more likely to do with a cover they adore. The first two covers my agent, Allison, and I were sent for this book, we didn’t 100% adore. Here they are:
The one on the left got more positive feedback from friends and family, but felt too breezy and “chick lit”-y for a story that, while fun and funny, is also very sexy and about a very serious topic. We liked them but we didn't LOVE them, so Allison and I asked if we could see something more in line with the cover of The Regulars; something that focused on one image and was Instagrammable as heck. The design geniuses at Simon & Schuster went back to the drawing board, and that’s how we ended up with the final version! It's out August 7.