And voila!, the cover of the just-out paperback of Goodbye For Now.
Very, very different from the hardcover:
Actually, one of the most interesting things about this book’s publication has been all the different approaches to covers. It is or will be in 28 editions internationally, each with a different cover, sometimes two, and the variety is not only fascinating but extraordinarily humbling -- all these teams of editors, designers, artists, and marketers getting together the discuss how best to dress my book. I’m grateful. I’m impressed. And I’m delighted.
All of this is especially remarkable because the US hardcover is so exactly what I was envisioning, fantasizing, and planning for as I was writing Goodbye For Now. It is model airplanes against an intermittently cloudy blue sky, and it is gorgeous.
When I was writing the book, I gave Meredith, one of the two main characters, the quirky hobby of making model airplanes and hanging them all over her ceilings. This worked thematically. It worked visually. It developed character usefully and offered important late-in-the-book devices and scenes. But in the first place, the reason Meredith likes airplanes is so that my publisher would have something good to put on the cover. That’s why I did it. And when that worked -- and worked so beautifully and so close to what was in my own head and heart -- it seemed like a cover-miracle. I was overjoyed from the first time I laid eyes on it.
Goodbye For Now’s paperback cover took some getting used to, but I love it as well. It’s so different, not just in subject matter but in color, tone. If you look very, very closely, you can see that it’s made up of tiny, pixilated emoticons. It’s love story writ very large and very small by technology, text, and context. That seems just about perfect to me. Plus my agent covets this woman’s hair. Fair enough.
To celebrate Goodbye For Now’s release in paperback, Mod Podge Blog Tours & Mod Podge Marketing have generously agreed to host a week-long writing tip blog tour. Every day this week I’ll be somewhere new talking about writing -- yours and mine -- and offering insider tips and insight (such as don’t get too attached to your cover concept -- it will change).
Best of all, you can enter to win one of 24 free copies of Goodbye For Now! So follow along. And bring a friend. See you at the next stop!