This past Wednesday, I was finally, FINALLY able to share the cover for my second book, FEVER, with all of you. And now that it’s out there and I’ve fielded some interesting questions from readers, I thought I’d talk a little bit about what the cover experience has been like for me.
The number one question I get is: How much say do you have in the cover?
And the answer is: None. And thank goodness for that, because if I were put in charge of my own cover art, WITHER would have looked like this:
Instead of this:
What you’re looking at is a screencap of WITHER’s original word document. Pretty barebones, isn’t it? It’s my job to take my imagination, an empty word doc, and a prayer, and somehow turn them into a story. It’s what I’m here for, and it’s what I live for, and I’m happy to do it.
It is then someone else’s job to take that word document, with its solid white background and plain black text, and summarize it into a single image. An image that will in many cases be the deciding factor in whether or not someone reads the book at all. An image that will be an enchanted magnifying glass to what’s inside.
I feel incredibly, incredibly blessed that my barebones word document fell into the hands of a designer who connected with my story the way that she did. A designer who mulled, and pondered, and angsted. Who drafted, redrafted, and started over from scratch. A designer who went to various stores, hand-selecting props that symbolized elements and passages that meant something to the story. Guys, I wouldn’t be able to do that if I tried—and I’m the one who WROTE the story. Do you know that there is a prop on FEVER’s cover that my designer anguished over, because she wanted it to accurately represent A DREAM Rhine has in the book? And nobody asked her to tear her ponytail out finding and then placing that prop–she did it because she had a vision for this cover, which stemmed from my vision for this story. And I have to admit, when I heard about that… my heart, it fluttered.
And very soon, you’ll all get to look past FEVER’s cover and see the part that I made. In the meantime, a cover is worth a million words—or at least ninety thousand of them.
So there you have it! What do you think?