See these piles of manuscripts? They are a pretty good representation of the number of unresolved, undesigned, book covers I’m working on right now. Three times a year, there’s a big crunch as we get our covers ready for the next seasonal catalog (summer 2009 is being designed right now). It’s kind of an awful feeling for a couple of weeks, and then there’s a (brief) period of relief before everything comes back with requests for changes and reworking.
A couple of my titles are giving me grief right now—things I thought would come together quickly, but somehow nothing looks right. That tends to happen more with the books I enjoyed during the reading stage of the process. I’m always amazed when the comps finally DO start flowing—where were all those ideas before, and why didn’t they come to me sooner?
Yeah, it’s coming home with me this weekend. (And no, I don’t have Monday off!)