It’s official. Riverhead today sent me the jacket, ie cover, of my book. This is a big moment for a first-time author.
Alas, my editor pleaded with me not to share it with you yet. A big sales conference is about to happen and a catalogue is being made up, and apparently this sort of thing must be sprung upon certain people as a surprise.
But I will blast it out right here as soon as I get the green light.
In the meantime, you might be asking me whether I am happy with the result. I’m almost surprised to say Yes, even on the first go.
I admit that when I first opened the PDF file, I had whiplash. It was not at all what I had expected.
But then my focus groups went to work: wife, parents, agent, agent’s office colleagues….
And I had to agree with them. The cover — think of it as an aesthetic package of words and visuals — is:
- simple (a prerequisite in my worldview),
- bold (some people will love it, others will hate it, which is a good thing),
- playful and tongue-in-cheek (which is important, because it’s an intellectual book, which might turn some readers off).
As my editor said when we discussed it (I made him expound on every single visual element), it comines “vibrant and subtle,” and is Riverhead’s way of saying “big idea.”
As I said to him in return: I was in charge of providing subtlety and nuance and texture between the covers; so I always knew I couldn’t be the one to deliver the direct, right-hook punch on the cover.
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