As a publicist, there are parts of the book process that I have no part in—acquisitions meetings, copyediting and proofreading, page corrections… but I’ll be honest, all of those things make my head spin. However, I’ve ALWAYS been interesting in the whole cover process. I love getting called into a cover meeting and give my opinion—“I like that color and that image, but it should be cropped”—like I’m secretly an art director or something. So when our senior managing editor asked me if I wanted to go on a photo shoot, I said yes without hesitation! One snowy Friday morning, I made my way to the studio of Izui Photography, Inc., and met our great photographer, Dick Izui!
I was surprised how professional everything was—no matter that people were half-naked and barely knew one another in passionate poses. A few of the models hadn’t done romance covers before, so it was a pretty cool learning experience for everyone.
Between the photographer and his assistants, the models, the wadrobe director, the hair and make up artist, our creative service managers, an in-house Sourcebooks designer, our editor Deb Werksman and myself, it was a full house! But it was so much fun to be a part of it all, suggesting poses and helping everyone understand the motivation behind the characters being portrayed on the cover. We were able to get some great photo options for a bunch of our covers for late Fall 2012!
Bright and early, our very own Deb Werksman was on set helping the model, Todd, understand the story behind Terry Spear's Savage Hunger.
There were some other covers shot as well, so get excited to see some really fabulous covers coming from us soon. We'll have more behind the scenese photos (better quality!) and video coming soon; I can't wait to share it all with you!
All photos credited to Dick Izui, http://www.izui.com/, because even though I took these, he and his team set them up and made them look wonderful!