Book Covers

Thank you all for your comments yesterday. Everything you said makes sense. I hope I didn’t come across as someone who expects people to blindly buy everything I put out just because I have a blog. I doubt anyone will camp out for tickets to Struggling Writer: The Musical, just because I write some stuff on the Internet. I agree that the most important thing for a writer is obviously the writing. If you don’t write something good, you aren’t going to make “True Fans”. However, I think blogging does help a writer share a bit of their writing and a bit of themselves with their audience, which I imagine is a good thing.

The whole point is moot, however, because in my mind I have about a 15% chance of ever having anything published. Heck, I have yet to even finish a novel yet!

Now on to today’s topic. Have you been reading Neil Gaiman’s blog lately? He’s been sharing a bit about the process of choosing a cover for his upcoming novel The Graveyard Book. Here is a post in which he shared nine different cover choices the artist Dave McKean came up with, and this post talked about the cover they chose.

He may have a bit more input than most authors, he’s Neil Gaiman after all, but I found little bits he shared about the process fascinating.

This one was my favorite of the covers presented:

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Art by Dave McKean
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7 thoughts on “Book Covers

  1. Omg. The one day I don’t check my google reader, is the day he puts up the cover. I’ve subsrcibed to his blog, so. You definitely have more than a 15% chance. You just have to finish one then it’s a 99.99% I would camp out for tickets.

  2. By the way, do you read the comic books? Neil’s, I mean. Dave McKean did the art for one of those and he was amazing.

  3. I hope you don’t miss Christine’s 4-part writing exercise, Paul!
    Now it’s the last part.
    I have not yet written mine, but I’ll have to.
    I hope to read yours up there, too!

  4. SzélsőFa – I’ll have that done today. Don’t worry. Also, I still need to read your entry.

    curbxstomp – I’m a big comic book reader. I have read some of Neil’s Sandman series and it’s brilliant! Also, I still need to do the meme you tagged me for. I haven’t forgotten.

  5. Now I’m done, but I have to check it again. which means I have to check part 4 and after, revise the whole as one.
    Good luck to you as well!
    I informed my husband about this project. He found it sort of funny.

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