February 1, 2021 at 4:59 pm #9517RaineParticipant
Just wanted to show you the cover for my book – I can’t post pictures here, but this link takes you to a wee blogpost. I witter a bit about it there, but you can ignore that and just admire the foxyness of the art. Daniele has done covers for the likes of Stephen King and lots more, so to have him do my art is pretty awesome. 🙂 It’s quite emotional seeing it as an actual cover – it’s another step towards it becoming reality I suppose. Actual physical proofs have got to wait till June ish, so until then I’ve got to be satisfied with staring at pictures…March 13, 2021 at 4:42 am #9954KazGParticipant
I gushed all over this on social media and have only just seen it here – so congratulations on a thing of beauty (autocorrect tried to make that a ‘biting of beauty’, and perhaps I should have let it), which is quite perfect. xxMarch 13, 2021 at 6:06 pm #9956BellaParticipant
Oh, fab. That’s gorgeous.March 14, 2021 at 1:43 pm #9968SquidgeParticipant
Stunning, Raine.March 15, 2021 at 10:46 am #9977
It is an excellent fox. Foxes are cool.
I think I understand really well why you wouldn’t want a human face on the cover. A huge part of the pleasure of reading a novel, is the way the characters reveal themselves to us as the story progresses. A picture of somebody, fully-formed, denies the reader that pleasure. But you can understand why publishers want to do it sometimes. Where there is a clear audience (market) it promises ‘buy this. You won’t be disappointed’. Nothing says bodice-ripper like a picture of a laydee wearing a suitably rippable bodice. And I think my personal dislike of faces on covers, particularly photographs or realist images, has something to do with this. I feel I’m being steered towards something, whereas I want to at least believe I’m doing the driving.
Your cover is absolutely fab.March 17, 2021 at 5:05 am #9996KazGParticipant
Yes, my thoughts exactly @athelstone. I did the same thing – I specifically asked my publisher to brief the designer to NOT include illustrations of the characters, for precisely the reasons you say. I wanted the kids to have ownership of them. Silhouettes are fine, but not drawings. Funny how we all feel the same about this!March 17, 2021 at 9:22 am #9997
I suppose that once a book and an author become so well known that the text will survive whatever the publisher throws at it, things are different. The various covers for Mrs Dalloway were what I thought of straight away. They is almost always a portrait of a woman, often Woolf herself, but there are few that would positively prevent a purchase. One or two are ridiculously tacky, this for example, and, given a choice, I would opt for another.March 17, 2021 at 10:11 am #9998LibbyParticipant
This is a fabulous cover @raine Classy and enticing.
Apologies, I thought I’d replied when I first saw it but obviously I hadn’t 🙁March 17, 2021 at 10:20 am #9999LibbyParticipant
Gosh, that Mrs D cover is ghastly. And not very helpful.March 17, 2021 at 11:16 am #10004
It is, isn’t it?March 17, 2021 at 11:18 am #10005
That’s not the worst Wordsworth Classics cover, sadly https://www.amazon.co.uk/Middlemarch-Wordsworth-Classics-George-Eliot/dp/1853262374/March 17, 2021 at 11:23 am #10006
So. Many. Ways. That’s horrifying.March 17, 2021 at 12:28 pm #10007RaineParticipant
@Daedalus, that’s so unutterably awful it’s tipped all the way over into wonderful!
I think you’re right in that figures are often used as a massive ‘THIS IS WHAT THIS BOOK IS’ flag, like for bodice rippers or YA urban romantic fantasy, or twee historical rags-to-riches stories. So they can work wonders as a marketing tool. But … I really don’t think they would have worked for mine. Maybe also, and maybe I’m overanalysing here, when the figure is the main feature of the cover, it is saying ‘this book is about this character’, where-as I’d like to think that my book is about more than the characters. Just as I’d say that @kazg’s book is about far more than just her main character’s story, so having the silhouette on that cover works because she is a figure within an intriguing snapshot of a world, rather than THE feature of the cover.March 17, 2021 at 3:00 pm #10009
It’s a great cover because it hints at characters and themes and atmosphere enough to give a sense of the book, without doing so too overtly.
Edit: I mean This Is Our Undoing, not Middlemarch
March 17, 2021 at 3:21 pm #10012SandraParticipant
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With crime fiction, it seems that the ‘THIS IS WHAT THIS IS signifier is a silhouetted man walking down a tunnel or over a bridge or along a lonely road BUT IT IS ALWAYS THE SAME BLINKING MAN!!! and I wonder authors don’t put their foot down. Even more so when I see what can be done by a small company with ‘This is our undoing’March 17, 2021 at 3:30 pm #10013
Publishers vary a lot in terms of the extent they will consult and take account of author suggestions. Mine have ranged from asking me for examples of covers I like and making changes to the design at my behest, to not even showing me the cover until the book is published. In the middle was making some changes to a first iteration, showing a second for consultation – and then admitting that the second version had already been finalised and they were just hoping I liked it.
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