Even before deciding to self publish, I had been playing with cover ideas for According to Plan. I need visuals, even if it’s not character images (which I also have) I like to do a vibe-check while I write. So placeholder covers come in to play before the book is even finished. They were basic, almost more mood-board than anything else, but they helped me set the tone and start setting out ideas for the future.
With three designs I was more or less happy with, I braved the Indie Cover Project group over on Facebook for feedback—it wasn’t great. A few comments thought I had a self-help book. Definitely not. Round two I thought I nailed, based on feedback, but again I was met with ‘meh’ comments. Looking back, that one is more movie poster than book cover. Maybe I can fantasize about a call from Netflix.
Round three, or cover version #4007, as I think I called it. And I had something people were responding to and that I really liked! A few people urged me to try something completely different, and I did, also creating something I liked. Then the verdict was rather split between the two covers. I headed to my thriller reader and writer groups and, overwhelmingly, they chose the #4007 version, with a few holdouts on the other one.
The comments had me thinking—especially the ones that perfectly articulated my struggle between the two. One (#4007) had an intense draw, the other felt very commercial.
I went with #4007, it’s the one I would pick up.
So without further ado here is the cover and blurb for According to Plan...
Every woman has encountered that guy...
...the one who won’t take no for an answer.
Laura’s assistant Jared is obsessed with her, and after being fired he uses his newly free time to learn her routines. No matter how she says no, his advances keep getting bolder.
Laura soon realizes that the women she thought were friends are actually team Jared—he’s funny and likable while Laura is reserved. Of course they don’t believe that he is stalking her, and without a tangible threat, the police can’t help either.
Laura makes an elaborate plan to fake her death. When everything goes wrong, she finds herself lost in the forest, and her notes tell people not to look for her. But one person is looking for her. Jared’s formed a plan of his own and he is hunting her—to prove they were meant to be. By any means necessary.
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