No one can deny publishing is a tough business and every aspect of a book needs to be planned and created to give the book the best chance possible in the market. Covers are one such area that can make or break sales and I’ve been very fortunate that the team at Harlequin MIRA came up with such a lovely concept for Luna Tango. It has captured people’s imaginations and I’ve received comments such as “breathtaking”, “stunning”, and “beautiful” (I agree, but then again I am a little …. okay … a lot biased!).
The dancers on the front of Luna Tango have always intrigued me and I’ve often wondered who they were in real life. When a book cover is designed, the photographs are bought but there’s rarely any information that comes with those images.
Last weekend a friend kindly offered to take copies of Luna Tango to Adelaide for a tango celebration with guest dancers from Argentina. The dancers were Fabian Salas (renowned for his stage shows and his roles in the movies The Tango Dancer and Evita) and Lola Diaz (a very accomplished tango dancer and choreographer who has travelled the world teaching and performing).
I’m not sure who got the biggest surprise – Lola when she saw herself on the cover of Luna Tango or me when I realised I have finally achieved my dream of finding out the true identity of the Luna Tango cover girl! It was an absolute joy to thank Lola personally for being on the cover.
Now we’re in contact, I’ll enjoy learning more about Lola and Fabian as they travel the world, enchanting audiences with their beautiful tango dancing. Here are a couple of clips for you to enjoy:
6 thoughts on “A Cover Story”
How cool is that!
I LOVE it when things like this happen! It’s super cool!
That is absolutely amazing Alli. I’ve always wondered how the publishers come up with their covers. There have been some really gorgeous ones of late, including yours.
Yes, there are some fabulous covers around and I agree, mine is pretty spesh (I think I’m allowed to be biased!). I love the stories behind covers but I never thought I’d have my own experience and for it to be so lovely – how lucky am I?
Wow! I love this! I always thought cover models were just that…models. I never would have guessed that the gorgeous woman on the front of Luna Tango was an actual Tango dancer. Such serendipity that you met! Amazing! Goes to show…you write an awesome book and awesome things happen!
Aw, thank you Dee! I love serendipity and I’m so glad that Lola and I are now in contact. It makes the book even more special in my eyes. 🙂