Cover Art for Next Book

Cover art.

There’s a story here. When a publisher’s art department designs the cover for a new book, they read a summary of the book and do their best to create an imaginative, appealing cover that will draw the eye and give a clue as to the nature of the book. With my newest book (publication date spring 2021), the first attempt was as follows:

I loved it. BUT . . . and this is a big BUT . . . it was inaccurate. An important character in the story is a mystic, a spiritualist who connects people to deceased loved ones. This is very different from fortune telling, so the Tarot cards and crystal ball are not correct. In fact, at one point in the book, the mystic says dismissively that she’s no fortune teller. So, I told the publisher that the cover was terrific from an artistic standpoint but that it would be more accurate if they could replace the Tarot cards with something else, like an image of hands touching on a table, or a spooky ghost figure, or candles. And they listened.

Much better, yea! But . . . the words 1920s Mystery need to be centered a bit and the S in 1920s needs to be smaller so it doesn’t read like 192 OS. Final version:

I’m really happy with the final version.

The book is scheduled for release in March-April 2021 in England and Australia, then 2-3 months later, in the U.S. When I have more definite information, I’ll share it.

Published in: on December 7, 2020 at 6:28 pm  Comments (3)  

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  1. Mary, looks fantastic! So happy your success continues and your publisher continues to listen to you.
    Hope you and your family are great!

  2. I think the last version looks great Mary. A very eye-catching and interesting cover page. I also love the contrast with the color and black and white images. Good luck with the book. I will certainly be looking for this one.

    • Thanks. . . it will be a good while before it appears. Meanwhile, I’m nearly finished with the sequel, which is planned for 2022. By the time a book is released, I’ve kind of forgotten the plot details!

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