I just got all my proof copies of The Christmas Cowboy back from my fantastic proofreaders. I can’t wait to make the changes, proofread the book a few more times, make final edits and have it ready for you by mid-October!
Since I’m working on Tate and Kenzie’s story this week, I thought I’d share how The Christmas Cowboy cover came to be. I think it is so, so important for book covers to be both original and eye-pleasing. Thank goodness this one does both!
One of my former co-workers has a wonderful son-in-law who, thankfully, was game to pose for the cover. A genuinely nice guy, he was perfect to represent Tate in the story (who also happens to be a good-looking nice guy).
Paul’s wife, who is just a sweetheart, let me come to their house to take the photos. I brought along the props and they provided the house and steps. It worked out well.
We won’t talk about how much time I spent wrapping the “gifts” or adding the bow to the rope.
This was the original photo. You’ll notice the front door and mailbox in this photo. I decided a solid wall behind Tate would look better for the cover, so with the magic of Photoshop, they disappeared.
The next thing I did was add snow. It’s a Christmas story and it takes place in the Tri-Cities, Washington, where snow randomly falls in the winter. Besides, I like the way the snow added something to the photo. Again, I used Photoshop – just a brush with white “paint” to create the dusting of snow.
I also added garlands to the porch post. It made it more festive and added a little oomph of holiday flair.
Then I added some swirls, to create the illusion of snow flurries.
The final touch was the book title – using a fun font that went along with the western theme of the book.
Big thanks to our friends for letting us invade your front steps, take the photo – and to Paul for posing. Thank you, thank you, thank you!