When Marcus and I started this journey, neither of us had ever written or published a romance book before. After we wrote the first book, though, we needed a cover for it.
It's funny how authors think that cover design is easy. I thought it would be a snap. But after I found a few images online and Photoshopped it, then put our names over the front, we both realized the cover was laughably bad. It looked so amateurish! And, as Marcus and I were soon to discovers, there were a lot of rules about what could or couldn't be on a book cover if you wanted to advertise it.
Fortunately, I'm friends with a couple of romance authors, and they pointed me to Megyn Ward of Megyn Ward Designs. She specializes in romance covers, and Marcus and I worked with her to get exactly the look we were after. (Turns out she writes some pretty steamy books herself—The Gilroy Clan is perhaps her best-known series—and it's super hot.)
Thanks to Megyn's tireless work, we were able to avoid a bunch of mistakes first-time authors like us often make. We hope the cover gets across both the sensuality of the story, and the devotion the couple has for each other. Megyn was great to work with!