word craft



The cov­er of a nov­el is usu­al­ly the first con­nec­tion between read­er and book. Very impor­tant. Read­ers are some­times puz­zled that the writer usu­al­ly does not con­trol the choice. The truth is, the writer is not always the best judge. I’m not. The writer may write well, but his/her artis­tic, mar­ket­ing, design tal­ents and judg­ments may not be so well devel­oped. (Pic­tures books are a whole dif­fer­ent world.) In the best cir­cum­stance, the artist, art direc­tor, edi­tor, mar­ket­ing peo­ple and writer come to a joint deci­sion. At the moment, I am hav­ing three cov­ers designed 1) my forth­com­ing book Decep­tion, 2) the paper­back of City of Orphans, 3) a reis­sue of The True Con­fes­sions of Char­lotte Doyle. I’m hap­py to say I am involved in all three projects. It’s a com­plex process. When they are final­ized I’ll post them here.

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