This is Tuesday, not Monday. You may be confused (and possibly inconsolable) because there was no post from me yesterday. I’d like to say there’s some grand excuse for it, but I just plain forgot. Well, that’s not actually true. I truly thought I had written this post already and posted it but never bothered to check. I’m a genius, I know.
So let’s talk about design. Book covers specifically (you’ll notice two of our more recent covers off to the side there). I love book covers. I love browsing the book store and looking at what other publishers are doing. Some are very good and some are very bad, but the vast majority are a mix of the two. So far I think Exhibit A has done some pretty cool covers. But as I’m settling in to the role and starting to feel my independence, I’ve been talking to Marc more and more about my specific ideas for what I want in Exhibit A covers.
When we start the cover process, I usually email the author and the agent and get their thoughts (one of the benefits of being a smaller publisher btw) and then I write up my notes and send the designed some sample covers or other images. At first I was only sending covers of books that were similar to the one we were publishing, but lately I’ve been including book covers and movie posters for unrelated work that I think would work well with the book at hand. When Marc and I were in NYC we spend an hour or so just going through cover images from books and albums as well as movie posters to get a sense of what we are looking for in an Exhibit A book. I’ll be discussing this more in-depth over the next few months and maybe doing a full behind the scenes look at out cover process.
For now though, I’ve set up a Tumblr account where I’ll be posting what’s inspiring me and what I’m sending to our cover designers. It’s still rough as Tumblr is being a giant meanie about a typo in the email address I registered with, but check back regularly to see if it ever gets up and running.Read More