Sunday, January 15, 2012

My Cover Faux Pas

SO, you've all seen the AWESOME cover I have for my book. You've heard me rave about it. Some of you have commented on it. Now here's the story about the screw up...

When I first signed my contract with Decadent Publishing back in the beginning of December, I was over the moon and eager to get busy. I wanted to be a "good student" for my new publisher so I filled out all the paperwork and sent it back within the 1st week. There were some things I wasn't sure about, but I filled it all out as best I could. I was under the impression that the papers would be reviewed later on in the process.

This paperwork included the cover questionnaire. I filled it out as best I could. There was a question about the title and series if applicable. Well, I knew I submitted to the Honor Guard line, but I wasn't sure if that meant I should put Honor Guard Series on it. (I know. It seems obvious now, but at the time it wasn't obvious to me.) I checked the website to see what other types of series they had. I didn't worry about it since the paperwork would be reviewed later.

When I got my cover art package, I wondered why the final cover didn't have Honor Guard Series on it. (I had seen one other cover for the Honor Guard series and those words were on the actual cover.) So I sent an email to the lovely woman who answers all my questions and asked. I thought maybe the book had been rerouted and would not be part of that series. In her responding email, sh told me that my cover questionnaire didn't mention the Honor Guard series so the artist wouldn't have known to include that.


I apologized and claimed newbie excitement and status as my excuse for not including it on the paperwork. I haven't heard anything else since. I'm sure this will not be the last of my mistakes as I go through this process, but I know for next time!


  1. Very interesting, Alexa. I imagine each publisher is different so even if you had done this with another publisher, the process might not have been the same. I don't think we ever stop learning in this business :-)

  2. I know about newbe excitment. lol. Good thing you have a contact who gets back to you, that is so important. It is a fun prosses, even when we do goof up from time to time.

  3. Alexas, I don't mind learning. I just hate feeling/looking like an idiot. (which I don't, in this case, but I'm sure it's coming!)

    Tami, it's been great and the contact has been patient and FABULOUS with me so far. I'm so very happy that my 1st book is through Decadent. It's been a great experience so far.