"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." ~Scott Adams
So last week, my editor sent me a first draft of the cover for One Night in Napa, with the caveat in her email, "I'm not particularly happy with it..."
I agreed. Without going into detail, the cover really didn't take any of my suggestions/points about the story into consideration. Plus the color was...well, odd. My editor and I tossed around some suggestions, and the next day I got a new cover. This one I loved -- it seemed a much better fit and really suggested "sensual love story set in a sensual place."
It isn't approved by the publisher yet, so I can't post it here, but I do hope the second version is the one they go with!
One thing about small presses/e-publishers: from what I've heard and experienced, those authors have much more input with cover art than those with New York publishers. Now, don't get me wrong: I certainly wouldn't turn down a NY publisher! But be prepared: you probably will have minimal say on the cover.
And if you haven't heard this funny story about a cover-gone-wrong, here's the classic Three-Armed Heroine that appeared on a major romance novel a few years back.
Hope to share my cover with you soon!