I know they say we’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover…but we all do to a certain degree because there’s really not that much to judge a book on besides its cover. True, you’ve got the blurb on the back, and if you have time you can read a few pages before buying, but most of us are in a hurry to relax. So the majority of novel purchases are determined by things that the author had practically no influence on. It’s natural then, I suppose, for writers to be a little nervous about the cover art. That’s why I’ve been asking my editor for months if she had seen any sketches for my June release. Last we spoke, she had not. So imagine my surprise when, a few days ago while blogging on another site, I saw that the site’s host had put up a pic of my next cover.
Maybe after 30 books and a host of weird happenings, I shouldn’t have been surprised, but I was. Doesn’t it seem a tad bit odd that the publishing team can decide on a concept, the artist can produce the cover, and marketing can get the results up on the internet without the author being involved at all?
More than once I’ve asked my editor to simply tell me what was going to be on the cover so that I could make sure the scene pops into the book somewhere along the line. So far I’ve had no takers.
So how about you? Do you ever feel you’re so far out of the loop you’re not even sure there is a loop? Or do you always have your finger on the pulse?