Dare to Read

August 30, 2009

A Book by Any Other Cover

Filed under: On Publishing — carmenferreiroesteban @ 3:47 pm

 When I write a book, the characters and the setting of the story become very much alive and real in my mind.

DSC_0308For instance, when I was writing Two Moon Princess I knew Andrea had hazel eyes and brown hair and didn’t care much about clothes. I also knew how the arch she crosses in the forbidden beach to enter our world looked like. Exactly like the arch I had seen in the Cathedral Beach in northern Spain while growing up. 

When Two Moon Princess was bought for publication I imagined a cover that would include these two images: A brown haired girl by the arch. 

Two Moon Princess coverBut the decision was not mine to make. And when my editor sent me a copy of the cover of Two Moon Princess, I realized the artist’s vision and mine were different. The cover was beautiful but totally wrong for my imagining of the book. Two Moon Princess is a coming of age story peppered with adventure and romance, and thus, in my mind, it was a young adult book. The cover, on the other hand, was definitely Middle Grade.


TwoMoon_final_ver4_lowresSo imagine my excitement at the new cover I just received for the paperback edition of Two Moon Princess. In this version, Andrea stands on the beach with the two moons of her world in the background. The arch is still missing, but I think I can live with that.

What do you think?


Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban


  1. It’s quite romantic. And the power of description, intent and words is something that cannot be equaled in technology. Everyone will have their own view of your characters, your settings, your message. And that’s the wonderful thing about the written word—the complex mingling with imagination, experience and understanding.

    Comment by CHRYSA SMITH — August 31, 2009 @ 11:10 am | Reply

  2. Carmen, I love this cover! It’s much more appropriate for your material, I think. Wishing you all good things, my friend!

    Comment by Mary Fran Bontempo — September 7, 2009 @ 9:55 pm | Reply

  3. Carmen, the new cover is beautiful! I love the detailed realism, the brooding feel to the background, and how Andrea pops in that fiery dress. I agree that this is much more YA in feel than the more stylized hardback cover.

    Comment by Laurel G. — September 23, 2009 @ 3:38 pm | Reply

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