Saturday, January 22, 2011

Animalogy's original and revised cover


Here's a behind-the-scenes-look at the development of a book cover. The first cover was considered too hard to read from a distance by the marketing folks at Sylvan Dell Publishing. Normally when I hear the marketing department wants changes all sorts of red flags go up. But I really trust this publisher, they just know how to do things right so I was happy to work with them on cover revisions. We took one of the interior spreads and made a few adjustments and now it's our new cover for Animalogy. It actually wraps around the back which you don't see here. I think it's a stronger cover and hopefully easier to read. Most people still judge a book by its cover, don't you?

The original cover art is now moved to the title page so I'm glad that artwork will still see the light of day.

5 comments:

June said...

I like both covers, but by standing back and half squinting at my screen, I can see that the second one IS clearer. I'm glad the art still made it into the book though :)

Cathy Morrison said...

Hi June,

I think that's pretty much what the publisher did, put all the covers coming out fall 2011 up on a wall, squinted, and this one didn't pop. I'm assuming there was more to it than that but basically that's what it comes down to. I was just glad we had existing art to work with and I didn't have to reinvent the wheel.

Appreciate your comment June!

Sherry Rogers said...

Cathy I had no idea you lived in Colorado! How cool is that? I just love the mountains and the landscape. I lived in Denver for a while as a kid. . .Love your new covers! I had that same problem with one of my books being to busy. I trust Sylvan too. They really are such a great group of people. And I guess the old saying less is more. . .is maybe true for covers. =)

Cathy Morrison said...
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Cathy Morrison said...

Hello Sherry,

I didn't know you used to live in Colorado. It is a fun place to live.

I think you've illustrated more books for SD than anybody else. They all look great but I especially like "Hey Diddle Diddle", your cover wrap art for this fall.