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: