Revising Cover for Love Handles

Getting into the Chick Lit spirit. Here’s a possible new design for Love Handles. Branding my books and displaying a heroine’s bottom all at the same time.

Uploading them here gives me an idea of how they might look on Amazon or Barnes and Noble’s browser window. Probably better in color than in Kindles BandW. I’ll have to keep that in mind…

All opinions appreciated.
EDIT: an hour later. Made a few changes. Don’t know about that hanger. And Sir Galway thinks the dressform in back looks like an umbrella.

I’m spending way too much time on this. My little girl needs a shampoo and I’m obsessing over umbrellas.

Does it look like an umbrella?

EDIT2: Maybe the hanger should be turquoise. You think?

Cover designs in progress: The Supermodel’s Best Friend

Two very different looks in progress. The first one is above. Very chick-lit, cartoon, bright, happy, fun. That does capture the mood–but does Lucy need a nose? More of her face is available, I assure you.

This next one, though, is just beautiful. I don’t know that it captures the fun of the book, but I sure like how it looks.

Now that I see them here, I think the bottom one needs more color saturation. And maybe those bigger butterflies need to be swatted away. I love the “…good things happen to those who refuse to wait” line. That really captures Lucy’s attitude.

As much as I love the sophisticated image in the bottom cover, I think the cartoony one is stronger for this genre. I’ll probably end up making another one.

I take it back. My name is Bob.

Her Awesomeness Jennifer (Not “Dick”) Weiner

You have to read this article on HuffPo about popular fiction, and how the NYTimes and review establishment completely ignore romance, chick lit, and all commercial fiction aimed primarily at women. It’s not just an amusing vent about how popular fiction is dissed, but how the girl stuff is completely ignored–as though women like you weren’t bank-rolling the entire publishing industry with your ravenous reading habits.

Did you know it’s women who buy most of the books? (And, except for Mother’s Day, all the greeting cards, btw.)

They don’t ignore men’s popular fiction, or male-authored fiction about families and relationships. Those are witty and modern and casual. (You know, like penises.)

Here’s a quote from Jennifer Weiner:

Finally, I’d love it if the Times actually “celebrated” my genre, but at this point I’d happily settle for the paper merely acknowledging it. As it stands, thrillers and mysteries and speculative fiction can get daily reviews, or considered in the NYTBR round-ups. Chick lit gets ignored, unless it gores one of the paper’s sacred cows (note to self: don’t mess with Anna Wintour!). Romance gets ignored completely…and that, I think, is the most damning argument about gender bias at the Times. How can anyone claim the paper plays fair when genre fiction that men read gets reviewed but genre fiction that women read doesn’t exist on the paper’s review pages? It would be as if the paper’s film critics only reviewed tiny independent fare and refused to see so much as a single frame of a romantic comedy, or if the music critics listened to Grizzly Bear and refused to acknowledge the existence of Katy Perry or Lady Gaga. How seriously would a reader take a critic like that?

Read it all. She’s gutsy and hilarious.