Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Latest Iteration of my Revenir Cover


  1. I like this one better than the white background.

  2. I’m not a big fan of putting any physical representation of a character on a cover, particularly a face. As a reader I have my own idea of what that character looks like from the writing. If you preconceive my idea of what that character looks like and the text doesn’t back it up, disappointment ensues. Remember, we’re in the mystery business. That should especially apply to the cover. Your most powerful ally as a writer is the reader’s imagination. By showing the character, you’ve largely discarded that asset from the get-go. If I don’t like what I see on the cover, I won’t pick up the book.

    I’ve imagined the covers to several of my novels. The one about the savant Southern mechanic has a stethoscope, a greasy wrench, a lip stick and a thick stack of hundred dollar bills on a dusty, dirty work bench, all elements of the story but no human presence. The composition makes the casual observer say “Hmm, what’s up with all that stuff?” Photography. Easy to set up. Not much money.

    The one about a high-school boy’s would-be love affair with the gay next door neighbor girl is simply a trim white pant leg, a skinny ankle in a stiletto heel straddling a motorcycle. The ground angle photo also shows a boy’s casual shoe and jean pant leg on the back peg of the bike, a scene straight from the book. Body parts, yes. Sexy, of course. Compelling, yep. No faces. Photography. Easy to set up. I know some folk with motorcycles.

    These intriguing images create more interest in the books, get the potential reader to pick the book up.

    Finally, as a writer and one-time professional photographer, I have no plans to make these covers myself. No way. Too much riding on them.

  3. If I don’t like what I see on the cover, I won’t pick up the book.

    What John said.

    And what John said about snapping your own pics, which is what I said in my latest email to you.

  4. I like this one the best, so far, but I agree that it is better to leave the character's appearances to the readers' imaginations.