Bet Me Cover. Again.

The frog is now history, so we tried a new cover which was gorgeous (see first cover below) but which did not, to my eyes, say “romance,” and since Bet Me is probably the last straight romance (as in not women’s fiction) I’ll ever write, I thought it should say romance. So SMP’s art department went back to drawing board again and sent the second cover, which I think nails it.

What do you think? No, don’t hold back, I know how shy you guys are with your opinions . . .


203 thoughts on “Bet Me Cover. Again.

  1. It doesn’t really do it for me. I like the clean look of the colors (though the title seems small to me) and the hearts on the dice are fun. But for me the dice suggest casino style gambling very strongly and that image both swamps the romance and suggests a different setting than the book has.

    So that’s my two cents. Thanks for say don’t hold back. I’m more used to people saying, “Wow, tell us how you really feel, Jane.”

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  2. Aww, little hearts. At first I thought it was too subtle – close to subliminal. But the more I looked at it, the more I liked it. And the ruby-red color is perfect.

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  3. Do I see a dog anywhere in either cover? I think not. Hmph.

    I think the cover was designed by a Lithuanian (herein defined as someone who read the book, which is always to be desired).

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  4. I think the original cover was iconic. Any way you can get that one back?

    I don’t like the dice – I don’t remember there being any dice in Bet Me. Krispy Kreme, yes. Chicken Marsala, yes. Heck, even snowglobes, yes. But dice? No.

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    1. Yeah, but there wasn’t a dog either… that didn’t stop previous book cover designers from putting one on other Crusie covers. πŸ™‚

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      1. (Second try at posting…)

        I love the cover. It’s elegant, memorable, clean and will stand out on the shelves from the sameness of what’s out there. It reads romance with the hearts. My only suggestion is up at the top, the tab that says “novel” in it — if that was a heart instead of a rectangle, echoing the hearts in the dice, then it would be make the “romance” aspect stand out a shade more. Otherwise, to me, it’s a great cover.

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        1. I am with you, if the dice could be in a snow globe that would do it for me… otherwise to me the cover does not really have the feel of the book or romance. If it were chick lit, then the cover would be good.

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  5. Characters are just plain “hoots”? “Hoots”, really?

    Well, the dice with the hearts are cute, but a doughnut in the shape of a heart would be even better, no? Who wouldn’t buy a book with a doughnut on it? People might think the bet is about dieting, but that wouldn’t be far off.
    As opposed to thinking that the book is about gambling, which might be a big turn-off to many people

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    1. I’m with you. I didn’t see the “Hoots” until I read your comment and enlarged it. Um, “hoots?” I know the expression; this is just mangled and awkward.

      I also agree on the dice. Yeah, it’s called bet me, but a heart shaped Krispy Kreme … now that’s art.

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  6. I like it. The hearts are cute, and say romance. The colors are sleek and modern, but also eye catching. Very attractive.

    My only critique is that the title is too small.

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  7. Sorry, doesn’t do it for me. It makes me immediately think of something like Oscar and Lucinda. I think the hearts are clever but too subtle. I loved the cover which had the shoes with cherries falling from the sky – which one was that?

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    1. The Disney Corporation would not like that cover. Also I knocked it off the shelf and broke it, so now I have to find a place that repairs snowglobes. Broke my heart.

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          1. Thank you, Rox, I’ll look into it.
            The snowglobe was from the forties, I think, and only a few had been made. And instead of snow, it had tiny silver stars. I still have the music box base and figures, but the glass shattered when I knocked it off a shelf and the stars went all over the place.

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  8. Well, I love that second cover; the hearts on those lovely glossy dice make all the difference. The whole image perfectly suggests the opening venue and a bet that throws together a couple who might have missed each other without it.

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  9. I LOVE the newest cover with the hearts on the dice! I mean, the title is BET ME. The dice express that perfectly. It doesn’t make me think the action takes place in a casino. It’s a clever visual metaphor. Red, cute hearts, romance–bingo.

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  10. It’s a pretty cover but even with the hearts doesn’t say romance to me. I prefer the copy I have at home with the shoes.

    I am sorry you’re never going to write romance again. Still, women’s fiction will be wonderful because I always love the interaction between the women in your novels.

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    1. Well, never say never. And there’ll probably always be a romance in my stories. It’s just that writing ONLY the romance is really hard and I’m lazy.

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  11. Since you asked, I don’t think it would work for me, if I didn’t already know of you and your books. Sorry.

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  12. I like the hearts on the dice! Especially since I live with a gamer and we own dice like that (and every other kind possible).

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  13. OK I admit I have not read all of the suggestions above, so this may have been mentioned. Could the shadow from the dice be turner into lipstick? You know how people kiss the dice ….could a kiss imprint some how be incorporated? Just for a little more romace bang…

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  14. The title needs to be bigger, or bolder, or something. It looks like an after-thought. My cover has the cherry shoes, and I guess I just don’t think that can be replaced.

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  15. I would pick up this book because of the author’s name on the cover, but other than that, no.

    But, what do I know about publishing?

    Good Luck!!!

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  16. The dice don’t work for me. I didn’t notice the hearts at first, and I was actively looking, more motivated than your average peruser in a bookstore. The hearts are too subtle, so overall, the cover doesn’t say romance to me. And if I recall correctly, dice aren’t a motif in the story at all.

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  17. Funny…. it should be perfect. The dice, the hearts, the sharp red image. My first thought was, oh, that’s very clever. Brilliant.

    But it just doesn’t speak to my heart.

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  18. The cover is very pretty and the dice catch the eye … but unless the back cover blurb was written really well it wouldn’t make me think “this is a romance I must have it”. Wasn’t there one with snuggling bunny slippers? Or a heart around the dice would say “romance” more. You have to be looking for the hearts on the dice …

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  19. It’s very nice, but I miss the shoes. I’d love to see the bunny mules, mostly so they’d exist and I could get a pair.

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  20. Sorry, the dice also scream “serious gambling” at me. Hearts or no hearts, I would be expecting to see a casino in this book. It’s a really pretty cover, though.

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  21. It’s amazing what a difference the little hearts make. Otherwise, I was not a fan of the dice on the first cover. I like the bold red, but it’s not as fun as some of the others were. Could they be a bold pink? That might give it a bit more fun romance feel. I get the red-romance connection, but since red dice are pretty common, people might still connect it to the casino scene. Some pink dice might deter that association.

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  22. Hmm.. still doesnt say romance.. how did the shoes and cherries not work? I loved them.
    I think this might have been mentioned before – but there are no dice in the story.. maybe if you had donuts stacked or falling along with casino chips or coins or something.. ahh, sorry can’t imagine on a good day i could have better ideas than ur team of experts πŸ™‚

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  23. I think it’s a fabulous, intelligent revision. The hearts are plenty of romance, one of the reasons I like your books is because they aren’t “frilly” – you certainly don’t need any pink in there!

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  24. It took me two views to notice the hearts, I think they are a bit too subtle if you are just picking up book’s by the cover in a bookstore… def doesn’t make me think the book is a romance.

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  25. Hmmmm. Er. How could shoes not work? Isn’t there a law somewhere that good shoes always work (BTW I have a pair of black sandals that I always refer to as my toes-in-bondage shoes).

    It’s pretty. I like the colors. I did need the comments to tell me the difference between the two covers (missed the hearts at first). And dice fit the title but don’t really fit the story. Still, may bring in new readers with them who think they’re picking up a gambling story and get Crusie’s take on fairy tale romance instead.

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  26. I love the dice. There are shoes on every second romace cover, the other half filled with women eating chocolate or talking on the telephone. This makes a nice change, it’s clean and on topic.

    OFF topic: I just received my copy of Sizzle, yay! There is a British bookshop on amazon.de offering them for just 70 cents plus postage, for all those out there who long to get their hands on it. There are also three other stories included.

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  27. I am also keeping my copy with the shoes on the cover. That is already the absolute perfect cover. If it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it.
    I don’t like the dice. They don’t go with anything that is in the book. But since I won’t be buying a new one anyway, it doesn’t really matter what I think. If it sells more books and Jenny gets more fans, then I wish you luck with the new covers.

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  28. In terms of going for a sharp single image with a cute twist, I think the dice with hearts is a cute idea. But I think two dice with hearts is kind of static. I mean they’re just sitting there kind of twinkling at each other, and they’re both the same thing in all respects except the numbers showing. No action. No zing.

    If the die in the front were more like Cal, and the one in the back more like Min in some way, and the difference were visible, I think you’d have a more lively cover. Different color dice, maybe?

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  29. Jenny, couldn’t you tell the art department, “Read scene X” to know what the heck the book is about? I’d pick the picnic table scene where Cal is feeding Min Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

    This makes me want to read the book again. πŸ™‚

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  30. This is it. If the hearts could be embossed — that would be cool too. They are just enough to draw the eye to the book — embossing would make people more inclined to tough them — as we know, if you pick it up… πŸ˜€

    It’s a really nice solution, and this one works so well with the single-image groups. I may now be buying a bunch of new books for their covers. = : O

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  31. I like the dice and saw the hearts right off the bat. Doesn’t say “casino” to me at all, ties in nicely with the title. Isn’t this the snow globe book? Although while the snow globes would tie better to the story, the dice really sum up the premise – gambling. I think I said this on a previous post, but I love these white covers with the simple iconic images. Whatever happened to the cover for Faking It? Did you go with the jukebox or something else?

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      1. I have to say two dog-in-chair covers might confuse new readers into thinking the books are a set — a first story and a sequal. I’d avoid repeating an image. Plus, although the dog is in the beginning and in the final scene, I don’t think he is as much of a player as some of your other dogs are. I really think something else — a Van Gogh on a Xerox machine — a painter’s palate — would establish “Faking It” as it’s own story.

        That’s my two cents, although you’re not asking. πŸ˜€

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        1. OK – so,
          A dog with a house (?) right?
          A dog with a chair
          A chair with a teacup.

          That means something, I’m sure…
          (just kidding. Thanks for the explaination.)
          Oh, and, when I said “this is it” above and then proceeded to give ass-vice, I meant “This is it! Wow” because I _do_ like the dice with the hearts.

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    1. Actually, I was thinking the painter’s palette with teeth, subtly, in the white glob or something for Gwen, but I could see them somehow on the jukebox.

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  32. I like it. It’s smart, it’s up to date, it’s clean and simple, and the hearts on the die speak volumes. It doesn’t make me think of gambling and Vegas, because a die is used even in kids games, and the use of the hearts has me sensing the softer side, the romantic side. Yep, they’re betting on love.

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  33. I like it. Which, of course, means that I will soon be the proud owner of yet another copy of Bet Me. My husband will be scratching his head for months trying to figure out the whys of that one.

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  34. The dice don’t do it for me either. What about one Krispy Creme? and or on a plate and or with a $10 bill sticking under it or something?

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  35. If you wanna go forth with the gambling theme (my apologies if similar suggestion has been said, didn’t read all the comments) but you could have two overlapping playing cards. One with a woman’s image (queen of hearts) and one with a man’s image (king of spades, for instance). You can have some fun with the expressions on the cards and furthermore the shapes could resemble the characters – busty lady holding butter mmmm.

    Now if this was a perfect world, the cards would be on a pile of poker chips and the signed check but you know πŸ™‚

    P.S. Any chance you’ll be adding tour dates? I.e. DC MD NJ?

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    1. Nope. Those cities are it. I’m three months overdue on my current book and three months behind on my next one. Must stay home and write.

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      1. sigh, hope you know how much we love you. I guess I’m dragging my butt to Pittsburg. Btw I couldn’t find tour dates on website, could you post them? Thanks

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  36. Well, I may be in the minority, but I thought the hearts on the dice were a little too cutesy. I like the ordinary red dice better. Wasn’t the bar where they all met casino-themed? So it works both in the risk-taking themes of the book and in reference to the bar.

    Also, not loving that endorsement chosen for the cover. “Hoots?” Doesn’t really recommend the book for me as much as make me want to mock the reviewer from the LA Times.

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  37. I like the one I have, with the cherry shoes. I don’t like the curly font in this cover, too precious. How bout a pair of cherries on the cover?

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  38. I think in terms of the series of sharp, single image covers, this works, and the red of the dice stands out well against the white. It gets the theme of gambling, and I had forgotten, as Kimberly said, the Long Shot was casino themed, so that works. But in terms of emphasis on the romance… I’m not sure. I’m certain you would have tried it, but in case not, I’d agree with the idea of a snowglobe as potentially getting the romoance better

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    1. The book is actually all about gambling, not just the bet but the way Min calculates risk for a living and the way Cal sees life.
      The cover thing is tricky. Doughnuts would make it a book about food, snowglobes are hard to read (that is, figure out what they are) from across a store and they say “misty watercolor memories” more than “snarky romance,” shoes are on every book cover lately . . . I liked the frog, but once that went, we were back to gambling. I think the glass slippers just looked anemic on the white cover, plus they were shoes.

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      1. Artists make cute frogs, don’t they? Not to beat a dead horse after the decision is already made. Or some metaphor not quite so mixed.

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      1. They’re plastic. Like those shoes your mother made you wear at the beach so you wouldn’t step into broken glass. Only they’re probably a better quality and lower production quantity so they cost more than ten times as much.

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    1. Oh! LOVE them! (sigh) shoe porn…

      And I still love the original cover with the shoes. Do they have to give re-issues a new cover? We don’t reinvent the wheel or fire, so if it ain’t broke, don’t fix!

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  39. Oh, those Vivienne Westwood shoes!!!!! Now, if they’d just go on sale for about 90% off. They’re definitely going on an eBay search. Thanks, Lora!

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    1. I’m not so much into shoes either, but those really catch my eye, Lora, and they fit the story and ROMANCE. The dice don’t say romance to me.

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  40. i’m not feelin’ the dice, and i think the hearts are too cutesy. (is that a word?) i loved the first cover with the shoes – i don’t think you’re going to top that.

    engineer, not publisher so what do i know, but… maybe do the table from the italian restaurant? er. i can see this in my head. side view of the table, just their hands visible as hers is cupped facing upwards and his is reaching down with a $20.

    well, i’m sure it will be fabulous, whatever is decided.

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  41. I don’t comment often, but have to say the dice? Just don’t say romance. They do tie into the books theme of taking a gamble on romance, on the Bet that started it all. But, they don’t say two unlikely people fall in love in this book. As for the book not being about food, isn’t that one of the undercurrent themes? Min becoming comfortable enough with herself to eat what SHE likes instead of pleasing everyone else? Sorry if I’m wrong!

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  42. I agree with Toni, this cover is going to stand out from all the others on the shelf. The point is to catch the attention of someone who isn’t buying it just because it is by Jenny-although is hard to imagine that there is anyone out there who doesn’t already own all of Jenny’s books. For those people who have just emerged from under their rock after however many years this cover will definitely jump out and get them to take a closer look, buy it and then buy all her other books. And another Jenny fan will be born.

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  43. I just recently reread Bet Me, and I really love this cover. If the cherry-shoes cover everyone is reminiscing about is the one I have, then I gotta say this is WAY better. That probably makes me unpopular, but this is so crisp and pretty.

    The dice makes perfect sense to me, more sense than the armchair for Faking It. (I’d have gone with a wig on a wig stand or something) I really, really like it. If you HAVE to make a change, I’d endorse going for a pinker set. Otherwise, tell the art department this is awesomesauce.

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  44. Hrm. Reconsidering. I think my problem is that I like stir-fry type things with all sorts of stuff thrown in. When something is too bare, I don’t go for it. I haven’t been an uberfan of the “new look” for your books, meaning single image on white. Given that the foundation is “something on white” you could do worse than luscious red things with itty bitty hearts. The gambling *is* consistent throughout the book so the dice aren’t wrong. I guess it’s hard for me to be objective because I rather liked the old cover. It’s hard for me to see it for what it is, rather than for what it isn’t. I suppose it’s nice enough, now that the hearts are there.

    FYI, I just found a blank-inside card at Target yesterday with cherries on the front. It’s in their $1 card section.

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  45. I love the dice. That’s a perfect illustration of what the book’s about, and the hearts made me think of the heart on the Welcome to Temptation cherry.

    The quote, not so much.

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  46. I feel bad delurking just to say something negative, but this cover just doesn’t do it for me either. Maybe I remember the shoe and cherry cover too well, but this one is just missing something vital. Maybe it’s the lonely (but cute) dice on the stark white background? It feels dated. Maybe if it had blue like the original?

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  47. I really want to like it, and I feel like I should like it, but… I just really don’t like it. I think maybe because the glossy red dice look so cold and hard. Maybe if they were a different color, or different texture (wood?), they’d seem a little friendlier. Also, the title looks wispy and insubstantial. I can’t remember if that’s the same font on the other reissue covers, but surely they can do something to beef it up.

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    1. I agree. The dice feel sterile. Should they be bigger, a lighter color – a little more girly maybe? The hearts are so subtle I don’t know if they are going to be noticed enough to get the point across. I wouldn’t look twice at that if I didn’t know your work as well as I do. It just doesn’t connect with the story for me. I like the suggestion of the playing cards. I think that anytime there is a representation of a human or animal people tend to notice it a bit more. Having said that, I have to recuse myself because this book is one of my most beloved and I don’t know how unbiased I can be.

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  48. I’m pretty much an impulse shopper when it comes to cherries, so I like the original cover better. I think the colored covers say, “Fun!” a lot more than the white backgrounds (though having carried around bunches of bodice rippers in high school, I understand the need for something a little more understated than the old style romance covers). I like the idea of the heart-shaped Krispy Kreme or the bunny slippers (though I’m thinking those were white, too, and wouldn’t stand out on the white background, either).

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  49. This is okay. If I didn’t already have Bet Me, I would buy it. But because it is a Crusie not because of the cover.

    My question on the heart shaped donut is would your average person recognize it as a donut if it wasn’t round? Of course, out here in the land of Voodoo donuts where donuts look like nothing you would imagine, it would probably not be a problem.

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  50. I finally figured out what’s been bothering me about the heart-pipped dice. The shadows on the pips are all wrong. According to the shadows, each pip has a different light source than the one next to it. (look at how the shadows fall in the round pips of the first cover.) That’s why the three and the four seem to float on top of the dice rather than being impressed in the surface of it. The cubes of the dice have a consistent light source. It makes the hearts look like stickers applied to the dice rather than the hearts being impressed into the dice.

    Other than that, it looks like the cover meets the cover art and branding rules. I like it.

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  51. Before I even scrolled down to see cover #2, I was thinking, “the dots should be hearts.” Voila! I like the theme your new covers are following, with the simple images. It’s hard to think of just one image that represents your books, I’m sure! They’re all so visual and vivid. But I think the dice work better than the frog. If I were the designer, I’d try for a crumpled ten dollar bill, maybe with a lipstick kiss on it… but this has been such a drawn-out process for you already, I say stick with the dice.

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  52. I like the little hearts on the dice. I already have the original hardcover, but dang, this is so cute I may need it.

    (Having said that, some people mentioned Krispy Cremes…maybe two overlapping, with a bite taken out of each one on opposite corners [one ringed with lipstick]?)

    And those shoes! Those are fabulous! Except for the price. And the fact they’re made of rubber. And the, um, bubblegum scent…?

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  53. Very clever, matches current book cover theme nicely, dice do imply gambling and that is about all the support I can give it. There isn’t any gambling using dice in the book. There seems so many other iconic elements in the book that could be used instead. Unlike other shoe covered books, this book actually has shoes being a part of the story. So, yeah, crumpled money or money being handed off or snow globes or shoes or a red lacy bra or Krispy Kreme donut or bread…

    Will the art department see the comments? Will they care?

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    1. They won’t see the comments. My editor sometimes reads here.
      Those of you who want a ten-dollar-bill, you realize what most people would think if they saw that, right?

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    2. Oh crap, I’ve gone through all the requisite years of high school educational hell, and only now someone points out that there’s some satanic/hedonistic/liberal-democratically sinister significance to having a picture of Alexander Hamilton on U.S. currency?
      Dang! I miss everything.

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  54. The cover is fine–not fabulous but they can’t all be superb and it is fine but the blurb (“just plain hoots”) is awful. If I didn’t know the Crusie name and picked it up because of the cover, I would put it down because of the “hoots” LA Times or not. Just MHO and I know nothing about publishing or marketing.

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  55. “Meh” to the original , but LOVE the dice with the hearts. I actually WANT a set of dice with hearts now.

    I think it absolutely says “taking a chance on love”, “romance is a roll of the dice” and any other clever gambling/romance cliche you can come up with.

    On the topic of covers, you once promised to tell the story of “Getting Rid of Bradley”s cover. I only have copy with two red suitcases, but I saw other comments regarding Lucy’s brassy hair. I’m assuming your story isn’t about the suitcases?

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    1. The story of the cover. Huh. I can’t remember except we complained about the suitcases and the font and the colors and got nowhere.

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  56. I like the dice, but I want them to be moving. They are just sitting there, static. I think if they were caught in action it might be more interesting. Having a three and a four showing on the dice, but not necessarily what the dice will say when they stop moving, would punch up the immediacy, in my opinion.

    This cover says they rolled a lucky seven. I want a bit of doubt as to the outcome.

    I love the red and the heart pips, though.

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      1. I did not know the re-issues were done with stock art.

        I checked out the iStockPhoto site. I like the set of dice that are on the cover, especially with the change to heart pips. The moving ones on the site don’t look as good as they did in my head.

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  57. Took me a second look to notice the hearts, but I’m going to have to go against the majority and say I really liked it! (Although I liked the frog, too.) It is clean and crisp with only a hint of cute. (Sort of like you, Jenny.)

    On the other hand…”hoots”? Worst cover quote EVAH. It would turn me off if I didn’t know better, and I DO read cover quotes.

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    1. I agree. That hoots comment sounds like it came from someone too old to be interested in the same books as youthful I.

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  58. i’m still pulling for putting the dice inside a snow globe.

    And I agree with making the title bigger and the font less curvy.

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  59. I agree that the first cover does not say romance, but the heart dots are too cutesy. The romance of the novel has more panache! I like where NancyF was going with the kiss/lipstick imprint being incorporated. The title does seem too small and/or thin and the quote makes it sound slapstick. To end on a positive, I love the color of the die – they are very cherry-like!

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  60. Bet Me is one of my favorite books. Ever. But honestly I don’t love the dice. I mean I get it.It’s just not what I would think of when I think of Bet Me. Not that I have any better ideas!! Love your writing. It’s gotten me through times that felt impossible. Good luck with this next book!! I can’t wait to read it!

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  61. It just now registered on me that the artist made the top die female. (It’s rounder shaped than the lower one.) I love that.

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  62. I think it’s fine. You won’t feel humiliated to have to point to that cover, at least. And at least dice have something to do with betting, even if that isn’t in the book.

    I think I’ve learned to lower my cover standards upon reading this blog.

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  63. Jenny – Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. Not only I have learned TONS about covers here at Argh Ink, after looking at the artwork for Bet Me it occurred to me that I could do better than the covers I recently mocked up. I’m lucky – my publisher gives me lots of input on the cover. I get to do fun stuff like mocking up covers and She’ll actually consider them.

    Anyway I think my new idea is brilliant, and it wouldn’t have popped into my head if you hadn’t been asking about covers yourself. And I wouldn’t have a clue about what a cover should do if I hadn’t read your blog. So you have my thanks.

    BTW, I never even noticed the hearts on the second cover and was wondering if SMP had made a mistake and sent the same cover twice until I read the comments! So there you go.

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  64. The cover says Jennifer Crusie, so that’s good. But the image? It somehow manages to be clinical and ominous at the same time. It does not say romance and it does not say humor. It says, Time for an Intervention. It says smoky casino, and the one with hearts says smoky casino with hookers. Nope. Do not like this. Love the book, but this cover is just not doing the book the least amount of good. People who already love you will buy it because we do have to replace the books periodically, or give gifts. But this cover will not get you any new readers. Women who like either of these covers will not like the book that lies within. Make them bring back the shoes.

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  65. I do like the idea of dice in a snow globe, but what I really like is each of the dice on a shoe–kind of like the original cover, but the heart dice instead of cherries.
    But, yes, definitely bigger title and slightly less curly.

    And who doesn’t love Elvis? He’s practically Puss in Boots, saving his owner from evil. But mostly just awesome.

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      1. Strange Bedpersons had a cat. Liz. I’m pretty sure that was the only other one.
        The problem with cats is that they really don’t give a damn, so it’s hard to get them involved in the story unless you put in a strong mouse-and-liver motif.

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        1. No, there were a couple cats–a bedraggled kitten and a half-potted plant. But Jupiter was so sweet it’s hard not to focus on just him.

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  66. Hate to say but I could care less about cover art. I look at the name of the author, then read the back of the book and if I still can’t decide will open the book and read a couple of pages.

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  67. Those are some sensual die. And on such a *clean* background. Love the contrast.

    Gotta agree — frog: slimy. Yick.

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  68. Love the new cover! So much I may have to repurchase this book!

    Actually, I loved the shoes in the old cover because they fit the story so well. Confession–Bet Me was my first Crusie book, and I bought it in part because I read a review that included the question (paraphrased) “How did Jennifer Crusie get a cover that was so perfect for her book?”

    But much of the foundation of what constitutes statistical science began with gamblers working out probabilities using cards and dice so I think this is really appropriate (yes, like Min, I’m a statistician.)

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  69. Figured it out. The die bulge in such a “touch me” way. Plus gorgeous cherry-licious color. Yum.

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  70. OMG I want those Vivienne Westwood shoes, and I only wear heels once a year (dh’s office Christmas party). totally fabulous. If they were $30, I’d buy them just to wear around the house. they’re plastic, I’m sure you could garden in them.

    I think as part of the series of covers, the second one is perfect. By itself, it’s a little meh. But I saw Tell Me Lies and Crazy for You at Target yesterday, and I can easily imagine this cover next to the others and it would look great. Since it probably will never be on a shelf by itself, you’re good. imo. also agree that betting is a major theme of the book– I just re-read it a few weeks ago, and among others, there’s the scene where Min is dressing down Cal’s parents at dinner and she talks about how Cal likes to bet, but only because he carefully calculates the odds and goes for the sure thing.

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  71. I love the original cover but the dice one is cute too, It is my favorite book of all time,I stopped reading for fun when I was goin to school and working then started having kids and reading kids books all the time,then one day my boss bought in some books for us and I picked out Bet Me and fell in love, it was like the book was wrote for me and I found all Jennifer Cruisie books. Thanks Jenn.

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  72. I really really really want to like it. And the truth is that cover art doesn’t matter much to me unless it turns me off. I would buy it because it’s a Crusie. But if you’re asking me would this cover help me decide to buy the book if I didn’t already love all things Crusie, the answer is no it wouldn’t. I hate to say that because I so want to be supportive. I don’t like the dice with or without hearts and I hate the ‘hoots’ quote.

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  73. What if there were a red die and a blue die- and instead of hearts, one had the symbol for female and the other had the symbol for male ( just one large image each instead of trying to reproduce the pips on the dice)? Huh? Huh? Anyone?

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  74. Well I really like the dice with the hearts – the color is rich and the image is sharp, so it will stand out from all the others – but I also really love the old cover with the shoes. This is one of my favorite books of all time- I think the blurb doesn’t quite convey the true awesomeness of this book and the people in it. “Hoots?!!” Good grief. Also, watched American Dreamer last night – great movie! Don’t know how I missed it before this! Thanks, Jenny! πŸ™‚

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  75. Okay, I, for one, love this cover, particularly looking at it in the context of the other reissue covers. The quote is another story, but, purely in terms of design, great cover.

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  76. I like them. I like them a lot! I think I like the ones with plain old dots best because it’s simple and straightforward, but I so also like the one with hearts– it adds another layer, makes you think harder, and hopefully will make the customer go “huh!” and pick it up to read the back and see why there are hearts on the dice. Which is a very, very good thing. So, yes. I approve. Good job!

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  77. Have the people from the LA Times been out in the sun too long? Or was their thesauras not working? How can they think using the work ‘hoots’ on a book cover is a good idea? Good thing I already have a copy with the perfect cover.

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  78. I like the colors. I like the hearts. I like the gambling theme. Clearly I’m in the minority here, but that is nothing new. I miss the frog though. I would have bought the book just for the frog.

    I really dislike the idea of shoes on the cover. It seems completely overdone. Half the romance/chick lit books out there today seem to include shoes. Blah.

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  79. At least they didn’t set the dice to snake eyes.

    Is the hidden message, “Love is a crap shoot?”

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  80. Dice is never a calculated risk, it’s always just random, unless they’re loaded. So it’s the opposite of the book’s theme.
    A $10 bill under words “Bet Me” makes it very clear that it’s a bet, not prostitution.

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      1. Hmmmm….Never mix love and money? Interesting thing to say since Cal and Min certainly mixed love and money. Part of why this one of my fave books.

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  81. I’m blinded by my adoration of the cherry/shoe cover. It’s one of my favorite Crusie covers. This seems a little dry to me. But other than that, it’s fine.

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    1. Yeah, but that’s not about the money. She doesn’t need the money, they’re not talking about money as money, the money in itself is meaningless. The same thing would happen if they were betting M&Ms or poker chips. Bet Me was never about money at all. Not even David cares about the money; he cares about showing Cal up. He’d pay to do that, so the money he might win is irrelevant.

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      1. True, I guess the money is more of a prop than anything else, the money itself doesn’t have any real affect on what happens. As you said, they could be using M&Ms (a much tastier option).
        Sorry if my comments about this sound a bit shallow, I’m not normally one for analyzing books, I just enjoy reading them. It is nice to try and stretch the brain a little though πŸ™‚

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      2. I get this. Which is why the title was so a propos. The $10 bill (MONEY) was just the vehicle of the risk—the BET—on LOVE. Mixing money and love and risk. That’s why I thought the $10 bill with BET ME across the bill on the cover was more appropriate than the dice.

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  82. Can I say that I finally found a copy of The Cinderella Deal, and read it last night? I thought it was great. Is it the only one of your straight romances in which the difficult mother actually apologises, changes her behaviour a little, and heals the hero to some extent? I know Liz in Welcome to Temptation sort of relented and let Sophie into the family, but Phin wasn’t really still bent of shape by her, he knew she loved him and didn’t have any problems saying whatever he needed to to her.
    I’m guessing that Little Orphan Annie was named after your cat Annie of blessed memory?
    Worth waiting for. You might be interested to know that I found it in an indie bookstore devoted solely to detective novels, sci-fi, and fantasy. I have also bought Charlie All Night and Getting Rid of Bradley from them in the past off the shelves, and bought ordered copies of Agnes and the Hitman, Don’t Look Down, The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes, Dogs and Goddesses, and Wild Ride. I get the collaborations, but can’t shed any light on the Bantam/Mira books, can you?

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  83. I’m just not that into this cover. There’s nothing particularly interesting or unique about it. It’s a very clean design, yes, but what’s the draw?

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  84. Re: all the hoots controversy… I picked up my old 2000 copy of Crazy for You to read before going to bed tonight and studied the cover due to the discussion on this blog, and discovered the following blurb: ” A delightful romantic romp, filled with characters who are just plain hoots.”

    Several conclusions can be drawn from this, among them, since the quote obviously didn’t turn people away from Crazy for You in 2000, it won’t turn to many away from Bet Me in 2010. πŸ™‚

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  85. In related news, Barnes and Noble Facebook page just featured the ebook of Bet Me on it’s Nook feed at a short term promotional price and a lot of the comments to that are recommending other books of yours

    http://www.facebook.com/nookBN

    And the nook page has 46,000 fans..

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      1. It sort of tickled me in terms of this thread, because the ebook is showing the old cover.

        Nook owners often tend to pick up promotional priced stuff – and the post on this had a lot more comments than a lot of the featured books, which in turn I think may draw more people to make an impulse buy. I don’t know how you’d figure out the effect on sales, especially ebook sales (I ended up buying two other books of yours that I didn’t already have in ebook form,) and several people (including me) were asking after the ebook of Welcome to Temptation.

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      2. Oh, and I went back and looked and B&N “nook” responded that “Welcome to Temptation” will be available in September.

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  86. Just wondering why a detective/science fiction/fantasy bookshop would sell romances, not necessarily expecting you to know, us Australians are strange. Not expecting you to object! Does Getting Rid of Bradley get classified as mystery/thriller often?

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    1. I end up in mystery bookstores pretty often. I’ve written enough romantic suspense–Bradley, What the Lady Wants, Tell Me Lies, Fast Women–that the others kind of follow them in. And I’m all for it.

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  87. I love Bet Me, I have read it again and again and still laugh. I do not like the dice. I think the hearts in the dice are to gooey for Min. Why not a picture of the reincarnated Elvis with one eye gleaming, and the other closed or something that coincides with the book. I loved the original with the shoes and cherries. If an inanimate object is needed how ’bout the donuts stacked as the wedding rehearsal cake. I don’t know, the dice just not it.

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  88. Hi! Well, if I had to choose between the two dice covers, I’d choose the one with the hearts. I have to say though, the heart shaped doughnut would be perfect..or maybe a couch with a belt hanging off of it..lol– I have to say, it’s about time Bet Me was re-released, my hardbound copies (yes, I have two) are sooo warn out they’re falling apart. I love this book and read it about 5 or 6 times a year (if not more! )

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  89. I think the overall look is too edgy — and I blame it on the red. I’m with everyone who automatically thought of casinos. Maybe it would work better with a chocolate or mahogany brown scheme (but still with pink hearts…)? To convey richness and lushness rather than flashy edginess… Or golden yellow for a lighter look, channeling the fairy tale undercurrents in the book. Neither would be as dramatic as the red, but I think they’d lessen the potential for misleading-ness.

    I think the concept’s great, though; the dice with the hearts definitely brought to mind the different conversations in the book about taking a chance on love. Bet Me is too complicated to easily lend itself to a single image, even though lots come to mind when thinking about it. I tried imagining a dougnut, a snowglobe, both Elvises, etc but nothing that’s *in* the book seems to wholly represent it.

    Thanks for these posts about covers! De/reconstructing them makes my head hurt in a really lovely way πŸ™‚

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  90. I hate this cover. It’s cold with the stark white background and the dice are not tempting, hearts or dots. The old cover was great. If they have to go with the dice, they should use a warmer background color or tilt and angle the dice or add something a little more girly. I would never pick up this book, and BET ME was the first book of yours that I picked up. It sold me on you as an author.

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  91. I really like the old cover. It was the reason I picked up the book, I thought it was a cute cover and it ended up to be a fantastic book. if you HAVE TO change the cover, I like the dice with the hearts. But, nothing will beat the old cover. This book inspired me to make chicken marsala, and it is a definite hit when I invites guests over for dinner.

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