After I finished writing the first Body Movers
manuscript, my editor asked for any ideas I had for the cover art, something that would give the art department a sense of the tone of the book. Since my husband is an artist and a Photoshop whiz, I fed him a couple of ideas, and he made mock covers for me. At one point he turned to me and asked, "Isn't there usually some kind of quote across the top of the cover?" I picked up the computer keyboard and as a joke typed in:
"This is the best book I've ever read!" ? Stephanie's mom
(It's a running joke between me and my mom ? she calls after she reads each of my books and says it's the best book she's ever read. She's the world's most loving, most supportive mother; I'm so very lucky.)
A few days after I submitted the mock covers to my editor, she called and said that marketing loved the idea of using my mom's quote for the cover to let readers know that the book is quirky and fun ? so could we?
Sheepishly, I called my mother to tell her what I'd done and ask if it would be okay to use the quote. She laughed, but happily agreed, thank goodness! The quote made the book release much more exciting for my family and all my mother's friends. And I've had so many readers email to say that they picked up Body Movers because of the quote!
For the second book in the series, 2 Bodies for the Price of 1, my husband lent his endorsement with:
"What a great book! I'm really glad my wife made me read it." ? Stephanie's husband
What a guy. (We just celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary, by the way. We were married in grade school.) For the record, my family does read my books, bless them. My husband, who is a bona fide techie and all around guy-on-the-move, reads many of my books in electronic format. Which reminds me ? did you know that many of my books are available in eBook formats? Just order, pay, and download ? so easy! Perfect if you're traveling, or if you don't live near a bookstore, or if you're so eager to read a book that you simply can't wait for it to be delivered! (If eBook technology had been available when I was growing up on a tobacco farm in rural eastern Kentucky, I wouldn't have had to resort to reading Progressive Farmer.)
Speaking of where I grew up... someone very special and influential in my childhood is giving me a quote for the third book in the series, 3 Men and a Body, to be released in 2008: My first grade teacher! I can't wait until that cover is unveiled!
Tomorrow, to wrap up my blog-week: Does everyone have a novel inside them?