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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Cover Up

I got the cover for my October release today. There's my name, nice and big, and--hallelujah!-- they even managed to include the word RITA-Winner below it. I asked them to include that on the last book and my editor balked. To say the least, I was annoyed, hurt, and pissed off.

All is forgiven now. Sort of.

It's the weirdest thing to have your name up there as if everything from cover to cover is yours. It's not, you know. Although the words between the covers are mine, the story would have been very different if it had been left up to me. It wasn't. Same with the cover. The publisher creates it and even if I have other ideas or objections, it's a done deal. Same with the back cover copy.

There was an article about James Patterson in the NY Times magazine this past Sunday. At one point it talks about James and his Giant Entourage meeting with the publisher to discuss marketing his empire. They showed him cover mock-ups to get his input. But that only happens when you reach Pattersonian heights. Otherwise, you get what you get.

Sour grapes?

Hell, yeah.

Okay, so it could be worse. I could have to self publish. Or languish around as I did for years, UNpublished. I should shut up and thank The Powers That Be for what I have.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. And if you come a little closer I'll give you something to be thankful for. Right in the kisser...

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3 Comments:

Blogger Marie-Nicole Ryan said...

Why on earth wouldn't your editor want to put "RITA Winner" on your cover? Is that a sign no one respects the RITA, even an editor? Was she the editor on your RITA win? Hmmm.

Frankly I don't understand it at all.

February 10, 2010 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger Annie Solomon said...

I don't know why she didn't want it on. I was frankly shocked to see it this time. Shocked but glad. I thought it was lack of respect, too. But maybe it was some other reason. She didn't say. And no, the RITA editor left the business, so this is a new one.

February 10, 2010 at 11:29 AM  
Blogger Marie-Nicole Ryan said...

It's difficult enough to get any respect as a romance writer. We need to use all the kudos we receive.

February 10, 2010 at 11:47 AM  

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