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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Some Non-Controversial Book Cover Discussion

Sooooo...I heard back from my publisher. Needless to say, this was an occasion of great excitement and celebration, perhaps even minor squealing and drunkenness (figurative and literal). At any rate, I found out the next steps in the process: I'll be doing another round of edits (which I expected), not quite as drastic as the last round but fixing lots of small issues. Due May 3, so obviously the original publication estimate of April no longer applies, but I was just happy to hear my book was still on the radar.

Then, I was asked to generate some alternative title ideas for the editorial staff to consider, which was an interesting task considering I am CRAP at titling anything. Plus I liked my existing title. Fortunately, I get to keep my title (The Latte Rebellion), which is good considering the alternatives I was able to come up with (a few choice examples were Beyond House Blend: The Official Autobiography of Agent Alpha and Skin Deep, Coffee High, so it's no wonder the existing title seemed fine by comparison). So that's one reason I'm quite happy right now.

I was also asked--and this occasioned more happy spazzing on my part--to generate some ideas for the book cover. It's not common for an author to get much say in what the cover looks like, so I was basically overjoyed to have input. I looked at a lot of existing covers, including those pictured here, and evidently the cover artist they've chosen has a good idea of what to do,'s just a matter of waiting to see what she comes up with.

What was extra funny about this is, a couple of months ago I had a very vivid dream having to do with the title and cover of my book. I dreamed that my publisher had decided to change the title to Deep Woods (which, incidentally, has zero to do with ANYTHING in the book) and had sent me a sample of the cover, which looked a lot like this sketch here only in color, lots of dark browns and greens and ambers: the main character, her back turned, regarding a crow on a branch; the main character with two shirtless guys (was I thinking about Twilight, maybe?) in the lower foreground; everything framed by two trees at the left and the right and looking an awful lot like the cover of a DragonLance novel.

I think, in the dream, I was appalled.

Fortunately, I don't think I'm in any danger of my book looking like this and I now can be certain there will be no utterly random retitling. Reason to celebrate. 


Yat-Yee said...

How exciting! NOt only because it's getting closer, but also because you get to do cool things like provide ideas for a cover.

tanita✿davis said...

Whoo hoo!
I'm really worried about the CROW showing up, but the title is great - I think Beyond House Blend is a hilarious title, though.

Probably not what they were after, but...

David T. Macknet said...

Awww - House Blend! House Blend!

I'll start a petition, you watch.

Beth Kephart said...

Let me just say that The Latte Rebellion is a really good title....

And that this is an endearing post.

But most of all, I share with you the excitement about your upcoming release. Look. This is what it is about.


Anonymous said...

Obviously I'm going to read your book immediately whenever I can get my hands on it, but now that I see there is some kind of COFFEE reference, I am that much more interested.

I feel like I don't want to give anything titles anymore, because the editors always wind up changing them anyway. I mean, why get attached?