I remember the thrill of seeing the final cover design of my first book, Butter in the Well back in 1992. Back then it was sketched out by hand, and it was a long process of ideas and time, because it was being mailed back and forth between me and the publisher.
(Recently the cover designer found me on Facebook and told me the background design for this cover was actually her kitchen wall paper.)
My publisher, Butterfield Books Inc. decided to update the covers of all my books this year for the 20th anniversary of my first book.
Boy, has time and the internet changed on how you do book covers and work with a designer.
I emailed jpegs of possible pictures to use in the first cover. Ideas flew back and forth in seconds by email. The feel wasn’t right so the designer would send something else.
Finally she went to her mom’s house and looked through the stash of quilting fabric her mother used to make quilts.
What she found worked perfect for the background of the Butter in the Well book cover, along with the 1881 photo I had of the original house.
The old and new- from different centuries- made the perfect cover…