Cover to cover
Let’s talk about covers. One thing I'll never be immune to is the moment when you first see the cover for your new book. It’s so weird, wild and wonderful to see someone else’s snapshot of the story, and what they think needs to be communicated to the reader.
Raw Blue just got a new cover because it’s coming out in the UK in August (so in summer over there). This is what it looks like:
And here’s the Australian one.
Pretty different, hey?
The Australian cover was designed by Tony Palmer at Penguin, and you can read more about his process in designing it here.
When I saw the cover for Saltwater Vampires for the first time, I felt winded – and I mean that in a good way. I just loved the intensity of that blue-eyed stare. I finished my edits with the cover up above my desk. If I was working late at night, I'd have to turn it around because it would creep me out.
The designer was Marina Messiha of Penguin, and I think this brief proved Marina’s patience, because apparently she went through 70 different cover designs before it was decided that this was the one. SEVENTY. If you want to read more about it, click here.
Marina also designed the cover for Night Beach, which has a lovely smoky, moonlight kind of look to it, and I think is perfectly suited to that story.
Here are some other covers I like, in no particular order. One makes me laugh (not hard to guess which), but the others are arresting and/or beautiful. And I'm a sucker for pulp fiction style covers - like the Dashiell Hammett.
How about you? Seen any good covers lately? Wanna share them?