Ask ten authors how their covers get made and you’ll probably get ten different answers. Luckily I’m not one of those who reels with nausea when they open a package to find for the first time the completed cover art, usually looking like it should go on a totally different book, if not genre.
For a while now, my editor has always asked me for detailed cover briefs – probably because she thinks it saves months of authorial moaning, whinging and foot-stamping once the cover process has begun. And that’s just how I like it. I have a clear vision for my novels – so why shouldn’t I have one for the illustration?
My personal tastes run to a more designery style. I find the representational style of too many genre covers tired and dated.
The Burning Man is scheduled for February 2008 and you can get a first look at the cover here.
And if you don’t like it, you now know who should be blamed…