"Hungry for Your Love started as an ebook at Ravenous Romance (editor Lori Perkins). When I sold my short story 'Inhuman Resources' I never thought it would end up in a physical book store. Nonetheless, trends catch on quickly and within months this anthology about zombie love sold to St. Martin’s Press. Suddenly zombies were big. On October 1st the print version hit the shelves and I was reviewed in Publishers Weekly. Today Hungry for Your Love is front and center at Barnes & Noble, pretty exciting stuff for a first time author.
"When I was writing 'Inhuman Resources' I did not have a cover in mind. However I did know that my story exploring first love between zombie hunters was going to be in a book with a 'delicious new spin on undying love!' best described by Jonathan Mayberry author of Patient Zero. Plus, I was delighted that Lori was giving zombies a chance at matters of the heart after vampires had dominated the desires of the undead for so long. The cover on the left is the original ebook Hungry for Your Love cover, and it was developed in-house by Allen Penn at Ravenous Romance.
"Since there are twenty-one authors in the anthology, including New York Times best-sellers Lois Gresh and Brian Keene, I knew there would be too many medical examiners in the morgue, so to speak. However I did touch base with Lori and she explained that she worked closely with both the marketing and art departments at St. Martin’s on the cover design.
"When I first saw the final hard-copy cover, I thought it was sexy, creepy, and titillating, plus I loved the macabre mood. However, Lori tells me it took a bit of brainstorming to create this final product. The first cover was red, shiny, and much too animated. This early version did not visually represent the lusty gruesomeness of the prose in the book. I’m also told it was geared towards women and Lori wanted a cover that would appeal to both sexes. The anthology includes horror, romance and romantic horror, crossing a number of provocative genres. At its core, 'Inhuman Resources' is a love story wrapped around the problem of Satan’s Army trying to eat the flesh of my heroine. The other stories in Hungry for Your Love are just as exciting, with zombie-on-zombie action, zombie-human love and zombie smut."
Thanks, Jeanine! The ebook cover is so different from the final—it's more pulp and less horror. I also find it more romantic in a serious way, and less romantic comedy (the ebook cover girl reminds me of Reese Witherspoon!).
What do you guys think of these covers?
Melissa Walker is the author of four Young Adult novels, including the Violet trilogy and Lovestruck Summer. She is co-creator of the popular teen newsletter I Heart Daily and the new awkward-stage blog Before You Were Hot. Her author blog, where Cover Stories originated, is melissacwalker.com.