Today at lunchtime, I found a few blogs about book cover design. I’ve known for a while that authors get no say in how their books look — which I understand but still think sucks — but I never knew that even publishers can get their selected designs overturned by the big time booksellers!
Thinking about that, I wonder how wickedly cool cover designs even get out there in the first plase – e.g., Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.
I wonder how a publisher might choose to illustrate the story I’m writing at the moment, In Finding. It’s a paranormal chick-lit. So. Some kind of wistful woman on a beach and scrawly handwriting for the title? haha, my poor story. Actually, the book I’ve just finished reading is Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger and you know what? Kind of paranormal chick-lit-y… kind of… but no headless pink ladies on that cover. Instead its cover is dark, and the title suggests darkness too. I thought it wasn’t.
Here’s what I browsed through today:
- Guardian books blog: “Judge a cover by its book – the conservative tastes of over-mighty retailers have resulted in generic jackets that say nothing about their contents.”
- The Book Design Review blog – favourite covers of 2009. Vote for your favourite! (Mine is Columbine).
- A list of Smashing Magazine’s faves – includes some beaten up, old school style covers.