Jeanne: Cartoon Covers

After I finish my current work-in-progress, I plan to take a break from the paranormal sub-genre to write a series of five romantic comedies based on five siblings, aged 24-32, who are suddenly given shared control of a tour business in Sedona, AZ. Their parents, who have grown tired of their kids’ constant wrangling, disappear for a year to cross items off their bucket list, advising the kids to “figure it out.” Which, over the course of the five novels, they will. 🙂

As you can imagine, book jackets for romantic comedies look very different from dark paranormal romances, so I’ve begun doing some research into what’s trending.

The current #1 bestseller on Amazon in romantic comedy is You Deserve Each Other, by Sarah Hogle. After seeing the cover and reading the blurb, I went ahead and bought it.

Apparently, the cover works fine, though I have to admit that the price–$1.99!–sealed the deal.




The Tourist Attraction is a debut novel by author friend of mine, Sarah Morganthaler, that also falls into the romantic comedy sub-genre.





Still another rom-com is The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon.






I haven’t read any of these yet, but I think the covers are attractive and send the message “lighthearted and funny.”

What do you think? If there are other rom-com covers you think I should look at, feel free to drop links in the comments!

4 thoughts on “Jeanne: Cartoon Covers

  1. I’m not sure what I’d call these covers, but “cartoon” sounds a bit negative to me. Whatever they’re called, though, these illustrations do let readers know what’s inside—at least, when I pick one up, I hope they’re light reads. I used to think this kind of illustration meant “comedy,” but I’ve read a few books with covers in this vein where comedy wasn’t present, at least not comedy that tickled my funny bone, so now I think they just mean “contemporary.” This style of cover has gone in and out of fashion, and it will be interesting to see how long the current trend lasts—hopefully to the end of your series! (I have a few covers in this style pending, myself, so I’m hoping it lasts forever…)

    • I think that’s what they’re called, but I won’t swear to it.

      Like you, I’ve seen them come and go. They were big when chick-lit was riding high.

      Hoping if I invest in a set of them that they hang around long enough to pay for themselves!

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