STATUS: I’m heading to Red Rocks tonight for a concert. I want the rain to hold off. It never rains in Colorado—except for this summer and on the evenings I have a concert in an open venue.
What’s playing on the iPod right now? LEAVIN’ ON YOUR MIND by Patsy Cline
Today, an editor emailed me to say that I was going to get the publisher’s catalog in the mail but not to freak out regarding the cover for one of my author’s titles.
This is never a good sign.
The editor went on to say that the picture was a place holder for the catalog only and that the cover was changing.
Good to know. So of course I email back and request that they send me the jpg of whatever cover they used in the catalog so I can be prepared (and so I can prepare the author).
The editor does.
Oh my. Truly a hideous cover. I’m so glad the editor emailed to say that it wasn’t going to be the final cover, don’t worry about it, she hates it too, it’s changing.
And no, I can’t share it on the blog (however sorely tempted).
I shared it with my marketing director, Lindsay, and we just had a moment of commiseration. Sometimes you have to wonder what the art department was thinking because honestly, I can’t imagine who thought this cover was okay. I’m not even a design person (really, it’s not my strong point) but even I looked at this and went, uh, no.
There’s no symmetry, no beautiful colors, not even an interesting person on the cover. Bland would sum it up.
But hooray, this isn’t the cover. The editor called us both to talk concepts and ideas and get our input. Love that.
So, I won’t worry unduly. That is until I see the next jpg. Grin.