Last week I was working with a class of students, each of whom needed to pick out a book on the Holocaust. As I started the class, I reminded them not to pay too much mind to the covers. This unit has been in place for a long time, and some of the covers are starting to look a little dated.
Image from Google Books
At the end of the day, after four classes visited, left behind were books like these with 70s/80s covers. Books with newer, fresher covers went first. And those with nondescript covers were chosen before these ones that looked older.
Early in the year, I surveyed fifth and sixth graders about their reading habits. 55% reported that a cover can make them want to read the book. Even more telling, perhaps, were the 45% who said a cover could cause them not to choose a book. As one girl wrote:
People always say “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.” I always judge a book by it’s cover, if it looks good I read it!
So, clearly, cover is huge when it comes to tweens/teens and reading. But often the author has very little choice. Authors are often asked for input, but the final choice is left to the publishers. (See Melissa Walker’s Cover Stories for some examples of when it went well.)
With all of this in mind, I am very, very excited to share that Jim Kay will be illustrating the cover of my upcoming novel, The Water Castle. I have seen some of the early drafts (is this what they’re called in the art world?), and they are gorgeous. I can’t wait to see — and share — the final version.
I am very excited to share the Carlsen catalog page for Secrets of Truth & Beauty. Or, translated back from the German: Truth, Beauty, and Goat Cheese.
I love the new cover. Isn’t that the cutest goat ever? She only looks mildly annoyed by the tiara. I believe the headline is “Summer on the Hippy-Farm” or maybe “Summer of the Hippy-Farm.”
If I’m reading the German Amazon site, you’ll be able to get the German version in February of 2012. I can’t wait to see it!
I was talking to a good friend of mine who had loaned Secrets of Truth & Beauty to her boyfriend. Now a man in his mid-thirties is not exactly what you would call my target audience. But he loved it! He would actually read parts of it aloud to her.
However, he took the dust jacket off when he was riding the NYC subway because he was embarrassed to be seen reading it.
Come on, now!
It’s a beautiful girl and a gorgeous guy. What’s so embarrassing about that?
It’s the pink, isn’t it?
Well, first of all, gentleman, you should be aware that it’s not pink, it’s magenta.
But even if it were pink, so what? Pink is a power color! Don’t fear it — embrace it!
Here it is:
I love the colors and how the photo just seems to capture a moment between these two, where they are together, but also a bit in their own worlds.
Here’s the whole jacket shebang, with my author photo that was taken by my oh so lovely husband:
Not sure when this will start showing up on Amazon, GoodReads, etc. — hopefully soon! Thank you to the great design team at Disney-Hyperion.