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February 16, 2012

Becoming Clementine — the cover revealed!

Filed under: writing — Tags: , , , , — jennifer @ 2:11 pm

One of the most terrifying moments in a writer’s life is the moment her editor says, “We have a mock-up of the cover for your new book, which we’ll be sending you soon.”

The reason this is so terrifying is that you never know what they’re going to send you. It could be magnificent. Or it could be decidedly unmagnificent. In my thirteen years as an author and in my six books, I’ve been very lucky to work with publishing houses that have allowed me input into my covers. I try not to abuse that much-appreciated power, but I never hesitate in speaking up if I don’t like something or if I feel it’s not reflective of my story.

In the case of Becoming Clementine, I sent my editor, at her request, images I liked for the cover as well as pictures of other covers that I felt were similar in mood and tone to what I was imagining. These were forwarded to the art department, I returned to my work and, a few weeks later, my editor emailed to let me know she had overnighted the cover to me. Usually I receive the mock-up by email, so immediately something seemed Bigger and More Important about this one. Which meant I barely slept for the twenty-four-hour period before it arrived.

My heart literally started beating like the proverbial drum as I opened the package. Would I love it? Would I hate it? Would I be somewhere in between?

I reached my hand into the envelope and pulled out the mock-up (the same size as the actual book) and there it was– bolder and moodier than the other Velva Jean covers. More serious. More glamorous. And perfectly capturing the essence of the book. For Learns to Drive and Learns to Fly, I was adamant that we not show the readers Velva Jean’s face. I wanted them to be able to envision her for themselves without imposing an image on their imaginations. Here, as you’ll see, her face is front and center. But she’s perfect.

I love it, and I hope you will too.

So, without further ado, you can see the cover here and visit the brand new Becoming Clementine page here.

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

2 Comments

  1. Jennifer,
    It is beautiful… and captures the essence of the era! Very glamorus as you wished..Come home soon! Your favorite book club misses you! Warmest wishes for continued success….Barb

    Comment by Barbara McIntyre — February 16, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

  2. Thank you, Barb! I would love to see you all and am hoping to be back in the fall (of course I’ll keep you posted). I miss my favorite book club!

    Comment by jennifer — February 16, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

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