Or so says Cowboy Wisdom. (Sure seems like good advice!)
According to Wild Rose Press’ 60-page Author Guidebook, the spec sheet for cover art “should not include western garb unless the book is a Western, or is set in the west.”
There are, however, exceptions to everything and I had to explain that when I filled out the spec sheet for Book 1’s cover artist. Fool Me Once is set in Tennessee and it’s not a Western but Big South Fork is considered The Trailriding Capital of the Southeast and it’s very common to find riders here wearing cowboy hats, suede vests, chaps, western boots and…yup…spurs.
The main characters in Fool Me Once and the stand-alone sequel, A Bitter Wind Blows, are riders and that’s what they actually wear. These books will appeal to horse lovers so it’s important to have the riders, properly attired, and horses featured on the covers.