The Story Behind The Book Cover

I love book covers, not just my own but other people’s too. Scroll through my tweets and you’ll see many a compliment that I’ve sent to an author about their latest cover. And examples of this include Hannah Beckerman, Lucy Diamond, Abby Clements and Jenny Colgan. These talented ladies – although I didn’t realise it at the time – have all had covers designed by Kate Forrester.
So imagine my absolute delight when my editor, Harriet, suggested that we ask Kate to design the covers for the Ivy Lane series!
Transworld fully involved me with the design process. I was so relieved that this was the case; having self-published my first novel, I was used to full control and I’d thought that I might just have been presented with a cover as a fait-accompli.
But no, Harriet and I discussed covers that we liked and the came up with a concept that we thought would work for Ivy Lane, which is set on a quintessentially English allotment.
By using the shed as a template, we are able to ring the changes perfectly as each seasonal part is published.
I think Kate has done a marvellous job and feedback so far to the Ivy Lane covers has been very encouraging.
How do you design your book covers and where do you get your inspiration?
By Cathy Bramley

Cathy is the author of the best-selling romantic comedies Ivy Lane, Appleby farm, The Lemon Tree Cafe and A Vintage Summer. She lives in a Nottinghamshire village with her family and Pearl, the Cockerpoo. Her recent career as a full-time writer of light-hearted romantic fiction has come as somewhat of a lovely surprise after spending eighteen years running her own marketing agency. However, she has always been an avid reader, hiding her book under the duvet and reading by torchlight. Now she thinks she may have found her dream job.

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