Today I got this wonderful email from my editor — book cover ideas are in! And being the sweetheart that she is, she explained that once we decide on a concept we can tweak it. I was so thrilled to see these covers — thrilled and humbled. I can't believe we're to this point. God is so good! He's taken me so far even when I continually stumble and fall. This project started years ago, but I'm not going to get all misty and weepy, I'm just praising God for His incredible grace.
Now, let's take a look at the book cover choices for Girlfriends, God, and Grace: How to Have a Great Girlfriend Adventure.
Let me say that I'm absolutely blown away by all three of these book covers! Kudos to the designer — I don't know her / his name, but I believe this person has either been in my closet, my head, my book, or all three.
Let's just take a look at these three —
Number one (boxes and shoes) — I love the shoes! The red ones look like the Sarah Palin kickin' red heels that I blogged about a while back, the black slingbacks are just too cute, the black low heel Mary Jane's are just what I've been looking for — and the green dotted flats, well, I just have to get a pair of those!
The colors and prints on the boxes are just …. well, just me! The slightly funky, slightly retro blues and browns are right on point!
Number two — I just love this one too! The photo of the two women with their hands up remind me of me and oh so many different girlfriends! I love the attitude of this cover — it just shouts “roadtrip!” to me. Also the fonts are cute, the blue and brown are great, love the splashes of pink and the wonderful curvy title box, but — please forgive me scrapbooking sisters — I'm not too jazzed over the scrapbooking scissors, since these funny cutting scissors just sort of freak me out. If we end up with this cover, maybe we can take out the scissors. And scrapbook girls …. I love y'all and love what you do! Please don't judge me because I'm scrapbooking challenged!
And I also think if we chose this one as the book cover, it's important for me to get a cute pink jacket, some gray fuzzy gloves, and a convertible I think it makes perfect sense — don't you?)
Ahh, book cover number three! Too cute. Me and all my shoes! That's what it feels like, except one thing…. it's not me on the cover, but I'm okay with it. In fact, let's just let people believe it's me! And for the record, I want her upper arms… oh, there's more that I want, but I'm practicing contentment, so I'll just settle for her upper arms.
Now — comes your part — vote for the one you like the best:
Book 1 — the shoes and the boxes
Book 2 – the photo of the women in the convertible
Book 3 –woman and her shoes
Vote for the one you like the best — and you don't even have to declare a party affliation. Just pick the one you like the best.
And just think your vote will count! I am turning the votes over to the Book Cover powers of Thomas Nelson. Y'all really made a difference on the title and we were able to keep Girlfriends, God, and Grace — let's see which cover gets the most votes.
That was hard!
They are all great, book #1 looks like you, all the retro and the shoes. When I think of girlfriends, I see the ladies in the car on book #2, especially with it being the Great Girlfriend Adventure. Leave off all the scrap book stuff. I helped my mother make a scrapbook, it was an adventure, but not one I want to go on again. When I think of all my girlfriends, and I am soooooo blessed to have many, I see all the fun times we have had together. From just riding in the car together to sitting up all night talking, crying and playing UNO Attack. Oh, I think the ladies in the car need on Princess Crowns.
Uno Attack! Why, oh why did we laugh so hard at that game! Remember Taboo (was that it?) when we couldn’t get anything right. And yes, yes, yes to the Crowns! Everyone needs a crown.
I like the 2nd one best but I’m a scrapbookin’ girl so I’m kind of biased.
I keep wanting to see the results, but I can only see them if I vote!
I voted for #2 because it looked more like a book I would buy (plus, I scrapbook). While I love shoes, and who wouldn’t, I’m not into shoes like most women, so a shoe book wouldn’t catch my eye (although I love the colors!).
BTW, I love the fact that 2 of the books have shoes on the cover. It tickles me. I wish I could wear some of those cute shoes!
I really like #1 best. The different styles of shoes remind me of different types of women.
#2 reminds me of Thelma & Louise…and I’m not a fan.
#3 – well, who wouldn’t hate that skinny girl with all the shoes?? (LOL!! Just kidding – but you know who can compete with a model).
So that is my 2 cents worth – for free! And that is exactly what it is worth. LOL!
Congrats again. You must be so thrilled to be at this stage of the process. I hope to write a book one day. We’ll see.
I’m with Chatty Kelly…like the first one the best…they are ALL good though! The second one by using scrapbook elements may skew to a specific demographic, and while I don’t scrapbook, I never thought of it as anything I would do with a “group” (or with my “girlfriends” as it were!). The third one is VERY marketable as it seems to fit right in with the Chick-Lit motif so popular.
VERY skilled cover designs all around…the first is great because in the shoe selection/variety it to me replicates the various personality types that can get along well as girlfriends, by God’s grace!
(You are VERY fortunate! I never got to see the cover designs for my book! Thankfully, I LOVE LOVE LOVE what they did…it is a talented lot of people, cover designers!)
So happy for you Mary that this is all coming to fruition!
Ireally liked #2 because it looked like a girlfriend advevture!! AND something I would buy! I really liked 1 too, 2 just seemed more appropriate!
I see what some are saying about the scrapbooking – it’s too bad it couldn’t have just been a bunch of photos with the one on this cover being the focus!!!
I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to read it!!!!!!!
Mary I totally cast my vote (which I did) for number 2…the convertible appeals to the “girlfriend escape” side of me! Don’t we each have one??
I mean—think about it…flying down the highway…leaving the cares behind…oops…looks like some of my cares got stuck ON my behind!
I love this look though. Very sassy—very smart—very very something I would DEFINITELY pick up and read. AFTER I purchased it of COURSE!!!
LOVE THE BOOK COVER FOR BOOK 2. Don’t change a thing. It reminds me of me and my girlfriends when we get together. Footloose and fancy free, it is time to let our hair down, take the top down off the car and be silly girls.
Thanks to all who have commented and to all who’ve voted — and to those who did both! The current vote:
Cover 1 — 34%
Cover 2 — 55%
Cover 3 — 11%
I’ll keep y’all posted on the progress, and as soon as I know I’ll let you know!