Let’s talk about book covers today.
“But, Becky,” you ask. “Why? Why are we talking about book covers today?”
Thanks for playing right into my devious segue. On Monday, March 23 I get to finally reveal the cover for Puzzling Ink, the first in my Crossword Puzzle Mysteries to be published in November!
I really love it, and I hope you guys do too. It’s only going to be revealed in two places, though, so if you want to see it early, you need to join Becky’s Book Buddies on Facebook (don’t forget to answer the question that unlocks the magic door), and/or subscribe to my “So Seldom It’s Shameful” newsletter mailing list.
Because Puzzling Ink is being published by Kensington, their designers did the cover, but I had a bit of input.
I recently independently published a book about writing so that cover was all me. Well, not all me … I hired a designer but it was my vision. Although we went back and forth so many times, the lines between whose idea was whose has definitely blurred!
You cannot believe—or maybe you can—how much I agonized over using the number “8” versus the word “Eight” in the title.
The title and the cover need to match exactly, so I really had to decide. In the end, while there were some fun design things that could be done with an “8,” I simply couldn’t bring myself to have to type the title beginning with a number. That goes against every single thing I learned about grammar in ninth grade.
I’m very happy with how it turned out.
But you never really think about book covers until you have to, yanno, think about book covers. When my editor asked for my suggestions for Puzzling Ink, my mind went blank. But then I closed my eyes and tried to see it in my head. I’m thrilled it’s so similar to the final version, because it would be tough luck if I hated it. Most book contracts specifically say even if they ask for input, it’s their decision alone.
These are some non-cozy covers that appeal to me, for reasons I can’t even articulate. What do you think? Do they appeal to you? What about them do you like or dislike? Are you drawn to cozies because of or despite their covers?