More book covers

This time I won’t be talking about my own book covers, but about those of fellow writer Michelle Moran. Michelle is, of course, the author of the best-selling histotical novel Nerfertiti. Her forthcoming second novel, The Heretic Queen, deals with another Egyptian queen, Nefertari.

She has many fascinating insights to share about her book covers at She also speaks about word counts, the work of editing a manuscript and other topics of foremost interest to writers and readers.

So what do I think of the cover of The Heretic Queen? Follow my comments, and Michelle’s response, on Julianne’s blog.

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  3. Yes, that was absolutely my big fear, and why I asked the art department to add hieroglyphics to the bottom.

    Glad to hear you’re enjoying Nefertiti!

  4. Danielle says:

    I AM enjoying Nefertiti–it’s so exotic and unlike what I usually read! And I see what you mean about using red. Actually a quick glance and the it almost could appear to be a bit Native American.

  5. Hi Danielle,

    I hope you’re enjoying Nefertiti, and it’s true! Very few authors have input on the cover design. Catherine is very fortunate in the level of input her editor has given her. I was lucky just to get my two cents in, and if I could have had four cents, I really would have asked for more red ;]


    True, sadly many authors have limited input in their book covers. They do have a lot of impact on sales.

    As for Michelle, I agree that the Nefertiti cover is gorgeous and dramatic. The new one could use some red. It would make it more Egyptian-looking, and I love red anyway. But Michelle is lucky to get all this gold!

  7. Danielle says:

    I’m just starting to read Michelle Moran’s book today (actually I had already started it but got distracted with library books). That’s an interesting discussion about cover art–I need to go back and read the threads properly. I didn’t think many authors had a lot of input on the design, which I think is a pity really. Of course I know not to judge a book by its cover, a poorly designed cover might make me not pick up an otherwise interesting book–reversely a clever or lovely design will definitely at least make me pick it up. I actually like the simplicity of Michelle’s second cover design, though it is sort of not typical of historical fiction. I think the design for Nefertiti is lovely.

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