Over at Lauren Willig's blog, author of the The Pink Carnation Series, she's had this cover contest going on for who comes up with the best cover for her upcoming book, The Orchid Affair. The cover has already been designed by the publisher, and it's a departure from her past books, totally different and a lot of fans were a bit outspoken and disgruntled over it (I personally like it). Anyway, Lauren decided to have a contest for who could design their own cover and have a vote on it.
Well, I submitted my entry and designed it in keeping with her former style of cover - and it won! And not just by a few votes - I ran away with it! I was over 40 votes ahead of the person next in line. I was flabbergasted by it - but also secretly delighted! Still, the voting and contest itself had loads of drama! Stacked votes and before the contest started, Lauren posted some of the entries for people to ooh and ah at; If you look carefully, the winner who won 3rd prize decided to help herself to my cover - you'll see what I mean. What do they say, "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?" Hmmph! Anyway, it was fun to win and I get an advance copy of the book and maybe a limited edition dust cover of the book itself! That would be very cool!
Here is my winning entry, it's of a portrait by Ingres that hangs at the Frick Collection in NYC, one of my favorite museums. I worked my Photoshop magic on it and voila! Apparently there is a book out there about Mozart that has a very similar cover, but I'd never seen it or heard of it until one commenter decided to point it out to all with a link during the voting (really, did she have to do that, it only made her look meanspirited). Anyway, check it out! I was #5. I got something like 99 votes!
If you haven't read Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series, give it a try, it's one of my favorites, and I had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with Lauren this past June at a book conference in Phoenix. She's delightful and I look forward to meeting her again some day, she's only across the Hudson River from me after all! :)