Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey


Do You Judge a Book by its Cover?

I’ve always enjoyed strolling through Barnes and Noble to check out the vast variety of book covers. I’ll admit, often it’s the cover that prompts me to pluck a novel from the shelf and read the back cover. If that captures my interest, I’ll read the first page.

When my first book, Second Chance Romance was contracted by Harlequin, I wasn’t aware of the input they ask from their authors in the form of an Art Fact Sheet, to help with the cover design. After providing the publisher with a synopsis, theme, characters and three particular scene descriptions, the art and editorial department get together to create a concept for the cover. A few months later, a mock-up of the cover is provided for the author to catch any obvious errors, or to make suggestions.

I remember clearly the excitement when I received the email that included my first cover. As I excitedly clicked on the attachment, my first reaction was…


My sweet little tow-headed Rebecca, the daughter of Jackson Daughtry, my hero, was a brunette. Yikes! This was definitely something a reader would catch. Thankfully, after notifying my editor of the error, the fantastic art department was quick to fix the problem and produced a beautiful cover.

For my second book, A Father for Bella, I provided the requested information. Little did I know, once again, I’d be in for a big surprise. You see, the three scenes I submitted, along with photographs found on line were all outdoors. This is something Harlequin Love Inspired prefers on their covers.

Imagine my surprise when I opened the attachment of the mock-up and saw this.

It’s Bella, my heroine’s daughter, reading a book inside of her home. There’s no photo of the hero or heroine, also unusual. I stared at the cover for several minutes and then realized there wasn’t a thing I wanted to change.

So, what captures your interest on a book cover? Personally, I’ve always been drawn to beach scenes.


Who Said That?

Those who know me well know that I love quotes. I scribble them down into my journals or on Post-it notes. Whether they’re inspirational, pertain to writing, funny, or just common sense—there’s something about a quote that makes me pause and think.

Some of you are familiar with my #hummiequotes found on my Facebook Author Page. Each day, I share a quote along with a picture of our resident hummingbirds. I’m looking forward to their return so I’m able to post some fresh photos.

This is one of my favorite quotes:

Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.  ~ John Wooden

What about you? Do you enjoy quotes? Please share one of your favorites and I’ll use it in an upcoming #hummiequotes.

Enjoy your weekend!