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Thursday, June 26, 2008

My book covers article blah blah blah

I was really excited about this article. And then, like everything I touch, I wasn't. I sat on it for a long time and I finally turned it in and was excited again. Then it was published...without book covers. I was disappointed at first, then I realized that I have no business at all writing about the publishing industry, at least until I sort my own shit out. More on that later, I'm still trying to figure out a lot of things, though some are becoming crystal clear. Perhaps I have no business writing about anything these days, but I'm sorting that out in my head.

Anyway, I think the article is okay and is on an interesting topic: author book covers and who decides what goes on your cover. I talked to a lot of people and part of the problem was that everywhere I went I saw new covers I wanted to include. I'm gonna be interviewing someone soon for the cupcake blog, and I only found her because there's a beautiful cupcake on her cover.

Most excitingly, I got to interview Evan Handler, after reading a post of his on Huffington Post, about how he designed his own book cover. Yes, I talked to Harry from Sex and the City. And if anyone remembers way back when I was on that panel about porn. I remember I thought I was such hot stuff cause someone paid me $500 to stammer and stutter in front of a crowd. I was terrified and so glad when it was over. I'm not match for anyone live; on paper is another story. Anyway, one of those people I debated was Pamela Paul, whose book Pornified had just come out. Needless to say, I didn't agree with it. Flash forward to 2008 though, and she has a really interesting new book out called Parenting, Inc., is also writing for Huffington Post, and is covering some very interesting issues, some of them dare I say are even feminist (maternal profiling, for example). So that was cool to talk to her. And I learned a lot about the process that I can only hope someday in the future I get to utilize.

So to supplement the article, here are the covers I had wanted included:

(they did use Evan Handler's, but I'll just post it here too)

Scott Pomfret's blog post about why this hot cover was rejected in favor of a really boring, dumb one inspired my story:



At June 26, 2008, Anonymous Elizabeth said...

I used to put heart and soul into the books I wrote on contract, and then would become absolutely heartbroken when they were taken away from me and, in my opinion, ruined. (Or when I didn't get credit for my work - like when I wrote the first, third, fifth, and seventh drafts, but the girl who slightly edited my material for the eighth draft got her name as the author.) Now I try to just write them and not get invested. It sucks when your passion becomes just a job. On the upside, the first book I wrote, the one I loved beyond reason and was heartbroken over the changes in, was scrapped by the company I wrote it for and now it's all mine again to do with as I choose. I'm hoping to turn it around again into something wonderful. It could happen. You never know.

At July 01, 2008, Blogger Di Pie said...

new to the blog and i love it! thanks and keep blogging!


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