out and I’m in the midst of my tour, town-to-town, up and down the dial
… which makes Tess’s post about the evolution of author tours even more
I’ve often wondered why, with all the technology at our disposal, the
process of book cover selection hasn’t evolved. It seems to me that a
book cover is just about the easiest thing in the world to
test-market. It can even be done online.
potential book covers are shown around the publishing house, to the
author and author’s agent, and perhaps most importantly, to the buyers
at some of the bigger bookstore chains.
why not gather feedback from the front-line booksellers, indie stores,
librarians, book clubs, and readers across the country?
I’m psyched to offer you a glimpse behind the curtain and share a few
of these runner-up covers with you, along with a few words about the
deliberations that went into choosing. You can rate the different
designs, and we will share the feedback with the publisher.
I think we chose the best one, but there were some other excellent
covers that didn’t get chosen, and I’m really curious to hear what
big thank-you to the good folks at HarperCollins for allowing me to do
this … and a HUGE thank you to the awesome gang at Murderati for having
me as a guest blogger.]
-Sean, it was our pleasure!-
Formerly a private investigator in Chicago and New Orleans, Sean
Chercover has since written for film, television, and print. His debut
novel, Big City, Bad Blood, received the Gumshoe and
Crimespree Magazine awards for best first novel, was shortlisted for
the ITW Thriller and Arthur Ellis awards, and is nominated for the
Shamus, the Barry and the Anthony Awards.
When he’s not on the road, you can find him in Chicago or Toronto. Trigger City is his second novel.