Behind the Scenes

Look familiar?

This is the photo I staged to create the cover of my self-published novel Unladylike Pursuits. You’d think this would have been a five minute affair, point and click, but no. I snapped about fifty photos before I decided I had something I could use. (And don’t forget I had to brew some tea and slice up a lemon…)

Here is a early failed attempt on lighter wood (my dining room table), with a white feather:

I think I chose wisely. And then my husband Photoshopped it to its present glory.

Posted in book covers, unladylike pursuits on 08/17/2010 01:17 am


  1. I think your photo (and cover for that matter) look great!
    Getting the right composition can be surprisingly difficult.

  2. I'm not surprised at the 50. You were wise to stick at it until you got what you wanted. There's a million miles between the earlier and the final one.

  3. David Cranmer

    I wouldn't have known if you hadn't told us. That's a very professional looking cover.

    (Cool seeing behind the scenes)

  4. Teenage Bride

    I think you did a wonderful job!!!

    I am almost finished reading it and I LOVE it. You are a fabulous writer.

  5. Alyssa Goodnight

    Thanks for the compliments, guys!

  6. Kate Diamond

    I agree with everyone here–very nice photo!

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