Because I don’t write graphic novels or cheat like Scott and get one of my regular novels illustrated1 the only art I get is the cover. I think that’s part of why we authors are so obsessive about the cover. And also why we get so very upset when it’s not what we were hoping for. Well, that and the fact that a cover can make or break a book.
Well, this year I’m lucky enough to have two different covers from the get go. Two pieces of art! Yay!
Why am I so lucky you ask?
Because 2009 marks the first year in which I have a book coming out at the same time in Australia and the US of A. Hence the two covers.
I never truly feel that a book is real until it has a cover. Since Liar has two it must be realer than most.
Without further ado here is the Allen & Unwin cover designed by the incredibly talented Bruno Herfst:
I love it more than I can say. It captures the book so perfectly. I asked for something spare, iconic, cool and dark. Possibly a typographical treatment. Bruno exceeded my expectations by miles. I keep staring at it cause it makes me so very happy.
There will be embossing only on the title, Liar. Won’t that pop?! Awesome.
I also think it will cross over most excellently well into the adult market. I’ve been told by several grown ups that they were a little embarrassed to be reading How To Ditch Your Fairy in public. Not a problem with this cover.
I hope youse lot like it as much as I do.
I’ll reveal the USian cover on Friday.
- Yes, Scott’s next book, Leviathan—out in October—is fully illustrated. Best. Art. Ever. And the rest of the book’s not bad either. [↩]