Friday, September 07, 2012

Writing: Book Covers Revisited

In a previous post, I discussed book covers, how they were designed, who has input, etc. At that time, I shared with you the proposed cover design from my publisher, Thomas Nelson, for my next novel of medical suspense, Stress Test. Some of you liked it, a few didn't. But the decision was made, and I thought that was the end of the matter.

          Well, things changed (as they sometimes do in publishing). There was more input, this time from the sales and marketing team and even from the buyer for a large retailer. As a result, that cover is out, this one is in. And I have to admit that it certainly reflects the main arc of the book--a doctor, stressed to the limit, then put in an even worse situation. Or, as the blurb says, "They may not have enough evidence to convict him of murder, but they have enough to ruin his life."

Eventually, this cover will show up on the various bookseller sites, where Stress Test is already available for pre-order prior to its late-March/early-April release. In the meantime, I'm delighted to read some of the early endorsements of the book. Let me share just one with you, from New York Times best-selling author Tess Gerrittsen: "Packed with thrills, Stress Test is a lightning-paced read that you'll read in one breath." 
Were you surprised that a cover design, once done and accepted, would be changed? Do you like this behind-the-scenes view of what goes in in an author's life? Let me know. 

Heads-Up: Author Jean Henry Meade is interviewing me tomorrow on her blog, Mysterious Writers. The interview will be up for a week. Hope you all will drop by and let Jean know that Christian fiction has a broader appeal than some folks may realize. Thanks.
 


11 comments:

Anne Mateer said...

So I can't remember what the other cover looked like, but I love this one! It's definitely your best cover yet! You know I'm not a huge suspense reader, but this cover draws me in and makes me excited to read it!

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks, Anne. I like this one better, as well. And I appreciate Thomas Nelson's team taking another look at the original cover idea and deciding they could do better. I think they have.
I'm not sure how often authors are told by their publishers that they've changed their mind about a cover--but I'll bet it's not common.

Rel Mollet said...

Oh, Doc! Yep, this one is great. Much improved on the orange one - more personal and expressive, in my view :)

As for cover changes, it has happened a time or two over the years. I know Bethany have done it a few times as have other publishers. I find it fascinating when it does happen and live seeing the changes, almost always for the better!

Richard Mabry said...

Rel, Appreciate the comment. Since I sort of have tunnel vision, limited to my own work, I wasn't sure how often this has happened in the past. But glad you (and lots of others) like the new one, and glad Thomas Nelson made the change.

Darla McDavid said...

Hello, Dr. Mabry. I'm glad to have found your site via a search for James Scott Bell. I'm fairly new to the writing life, and it is helpful for me to read about Christian authors. Please do continue with the behind-the-scenes view of your author life. I love to imagine myself one day having to deal with things like book covers!

Richard Mabry said...

Darla, glad you found the site, and hope you'll come back often--although how you found me when searching for Jim Bell remains a mystery. Good company, though.

Thanks for your comment. I guess I'll continue the routine I've settled into: Fridays devoted to aspects of writing and Tuesday--well, whatever pops into my mind.

Darla McDavid said...

I saw that Bell was writing "zombie" novels and that surprised me. Your interview with him came up in the Google search, and reading it set my mind at ease, though I won't be reading them. I am reading his legal thrillers, and his writing books are my favorites. Maybe it's time for a medical thriller ...

Deb said...

I like this cover. Not having seen the other option, I can't compare it. But it doesn't surprise me much that a publisher like Nelson might change a cover. I wonder if it just wasn't working for the internal team? I admire their guts in changing it, either way.

Richard Mabry said...

Deb, I'm not sure of the exact reasons for the change except that there was input that indicated that the old one wasn't going to work. Glad they made the change, and appreciate your comment.

Carrie Padgett said...

I like this cover much better, Richard! Kudos to TN for their willingness to revisit the concept and design. I can't wait to read it!

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks, Carrie. Yes, I'm glad my publisher listened to the input of some rather important people and made the change. Appreciate your comment.