For The King book cover: the winner is…

Hands down, Gerard’s portrait of fellow painter Isabey!

Thank you very, very much for your wonderful insights and suggestions. This is what the kind of exchange that makes blogging so much fun.

I also tallied the emailed votes of comment-shy readers and my family’s
impressions. The trend is consistent. My brother noted that there would be a beautiful continuity and symmetry between this cover and that of Mistress of the Revolution. Each would have a single character, one female, one male, both almost full-length.

I will leave the comment track open under the prior post. Feel free to change your mind, add new suggestions or give me your input if you have not already done so.

This is only the beginning of the process, and I should receive pretty soon my publisher’s first cover suggestions. Stay tuned…

And while we are on the topic of book covers, I really enjoyed this piece brought to my attention by a post at Writing the Renaissance, itself from a track by at HistoricalFiction.org. I agree with  Karen Heller (No faces, please, we’re women) on that unfortunate trend, which has apparently spread well beyond the confines of historical fiction. Yet I am told that the headless heroine still works wonders in terms of sales.

And finally, for those who find some modern covers tacky, take a look at this Jean Plaidy from the 50s at Reading, Raving and Ranting. Bravo, Susan, for this acquisition! Makes you wonder whether it is thanks to cover art of this sort that historical fiction acquired its “lowbrow” reputation.

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