The Making of a Resale Boutique Book Cover
by Debra Sennefelder
Have you ever wondered what the process of creating a book cover entailed? I’m happy to share with you today the process I go through so that the covers of the Resale Boutique Mystery books are eye-catching and appropriate to the story.
The process begins with a story idea, which gives me the book's season, the murder victim, and what aspect of the story could be highlighted on the cover. Once the idea is fleshed out, and the outline is written, I send it to my editor. He reads the outline and then sends back notes, and then I start writing the first draft. But, of course, while I’m writing the manuscript, I’m also thinking of the cover.
As I’m writing, I’m collecting ideas for the cover. I keep those ideas in a file. I admit it’s a mess. There are images pasted from websites, links to pictures I found on stock photo sites, and descriptions of scenes I feel could be conveyed on the cover. At some point, while I’m writing the manuscript, my editor will contact me and ask for cover ideas. This is when I go through my cover idea file and decide which ideas I want to send my editor, which he will send to the art department. After the file, I tidied up, and I’ve written a paragraph or two about how I envision the cover, it gets sent off to my editor. Then I wait to see what the art department comes up with. To date, I haven’t been disappointed.
When I was writing MURDER WEARS A LITTLE BLACK DRESS, my editor and I wanted a black dress on the cover. So with that book, we decided that there would be a female silhouette and an orange cat, Howard, on the cover for the series. The only deviation from this was for the cover of the novella, WHAT NOT TO WEAR TO A GRAVEYARD. For that cover, we used an image of a Shih Tzu because the story focused on the dognapping of a pup named Billy.
I love brainstorming ideas for the covers of this series because I love fashion so much, and I can let my imagination run wild. But what truly amazes me is the talented team at Kensington. They take my document filled with links, images, and notes and turn it into a cover that I love every time.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek behind the scenes at the book cover process. And I hope you’ll enjoy reading BEAUTY AND THE DECEASED.
About the book
Kelly Quinn’s Long Island consignment shop offers high style at secondhand prices—but when a body is found on the beach, she needs to start hunting for a wolf in sheep’s clothing . . .
Kelly is thrilled when she gets a visit from a cousin she hasn’t seen in years. Becky’s cosmetics company is taking off, and she just might have laid the foundation for a big-money buyout. It’s a time to celebrate—but Kelly is heartbroken when a killer puts an end to their happy reunion during a mysterious midnight meeting near the shore.
Despite multiple warnings to steer clear, Kelly starts shadowing a variety of suspects both inside and outside the beauty business—when she isn’t busy filling the racks of the Lucky Cove Resale Boutique with lots of new inventory from a local shopaholic. Gossip and accusations are flying, but there’s no glossing over this ugly crime, and she’s going to make sure the culprit faces justice…
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