We all know that a lot of people judge a book by its cover. I the first. Therefore, I did a lot of analyzing before selecting this cover from the several interesting options Miruna Radulescu, a graphic designer, presented to me.
To add to the difficulty, mid way through the process, I changed the title of my novel from The Dating Club to Getting To Mr. Right. Here’s what Miruna had to say about this:
After you gave the new title, wheels got into motion again and came up with the two other ideas. It’s amazing how a title can have such a different concept behind it!
Finally, I decided on this cover for these reasons:
The image of the suitcase represents a journey of leaving behind the past in order to go towards the future. This is an important theme of the novel.
The suitcase also represents baggage which we all carry with us. The novel focuses on father/daughter relationships and its impact on a daughter’s adult love relationships. The stickers on the tattered suitcase are memories of these past relationships.
I like that the reader does not see the age nor what the woman on the cover looks like. I felt that this, hopefully, would draw the reader in by identifying with the character.
I also like the hilly road, symbolizing the ups and downs of relationships, which is present throughout the novel.
Finally, I found the cover had a mood of serenity and optimism to it. Something which I tried to convey in the novel.
As a bonus, which I did not expect, Miruna put Mr. in smaller letters than the rest of the cover title. It’s not that I think a Mr. is not important to a woman’s life. After all, my novel is largely about meeting Prince Charming. But through the novel, these women learn that Mr. Right is merely a cherry on the Sundae of their lives.
Here are some topics I’ll be posting (not necessarily in this order) that are connected to Getting to Mr. Right:
The Editing Process