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February 27, 2010

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Wow, that is different. But it does catch your eye.

Oh dear.

Mason: yeah, it catches your eye, all right. Yow! And it's painful.

Sandy, "Oh dear" is right. ;>

Oh, Lorraine! And your original cover is so lovely. What a shame.

~ Krista

"Oh dear" is exactly what I was thinking...

Lorraine, okay, my husband (a chemical engineer) and me a lowly unpublished writer ;) will be the ones who disagree. He said he liked the shadows, the colors and the mirror image of the skull. I think it looks like something dug up, porous and eroding, which bones are. My DH said he doesn't by a book by it's cover anyway, which I disagree with. As for me I would pick it up based on your writing and that cover. Smile:)

Thanks, Donnell. This is a COZY mystery, not some kind of icky thriller. I wrote to my Five Star editor, who works with the Wheeler people and asked if there wasn't something they could do. It may not be too late. (I've got my fingers crossed.) I suggested they go with a pumpkin--anything! But get rid of those skull and crossbones.

Im so sorry Lorraine. It doesn't at all have a cozy feel or leave the message you were trying to portray. Susie C.

As to the actual appearance of the skull and crossbones, it looks to me like they lifted it off a gravestone -- it's not attractive, but looks quite authentic, what with the bottom of the skull looking a bit worn away.

At one point when I was visiting a friend in New England, she took me "gravestone rubbing" - you cover the headstone with strong art paper and rub away with wax, leaving an image on the paper.

I've read your book and can't for the life of me figure why they thought this image "went with" the book, I was wondering if maybe the person who chose it was a New Englander who was familiar with the whole grave-rubbing art concept. I know it may seem off-putting to you and me, but there are lots of people who really go for the stark, primitive look of that skull. I actually like that "look" better than something more slick.

Having said that, I still wonder if the person who chose it read your book? I could come up with several other ideas -- all of which at least involved the setting of the book, if not one of the actual scenes.

Gwen, I doubt if the art director at Wheeler read the book, although I do know they have a guy there who does read all the books that come in for consideration. He probably never bothered to tell the art guy what the book was about. And, honestly, all the covers are outsourced. I doubt there's much communication. It's all done on the cheap, too. And almost all the Wheeler/Thorndike large-print covers suck. I'm so lucky that the Dead In Red cover was so beautiful, but then for that, I submitted a dummy cover and the free-lance art director went hog wild. It does NOT happen often.

What a set back! Oh dear!

It isn't a attractive as the Berkley books, but as you said Large Print isn't purchased for the cover art.
Patg

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