Monday, February 19, 2007
Well Covered -- Jay
During my first phone call with my editor, we brainstormed images we thought would be perfect for the cover. A couple of months went by and, though I'd been told an artist was working on it, my editor wasn't saying much. Finally, just before ending our line-edit phone call, I added, "By the way, I almost forgot, how's the cover coming?"
"Oh, fine," she said.
"Can I see it when it's done?" I asked.
She hesitated, then said, "I can e-mail it to you right now, if you'd like." Yes, she actually said if you'd like.
As it was flying from her computer to mine, she admitted she was concerned about what I was going to think. While she was absolutely thrilled with it, it wasn't at all what either of us had pictured in the beginning.
"It's up," I said. "Are you ready for this? I love it!!!"
That girl on the swing is Hannah Baker. And I love the mood that's set. When people are reading this book, they're going to flip back to the cover many times to re-examine that expression on her face.
Thank you, Christian Funfhausen! I'm honored that your design will be the first impression people have of my book.