More than One Way to Skin a CoverI've been writing a lot about possible cover ideas for my forthcoming novel, The Big Wake-Up. You can review my previous ruminations on the theme here: one, two, three, four, five and six.
As you'll see, all my mock cover ideas involve photographs. But as Thrilling Detective editor and publisher Kevin Burton Smith points out, illustrations--even illustrations that feature "swirling, pulpish impressionism that harkens back to the days of public works programs and working class murals"--are another way to skin the cat.
For instance, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine sometimes features covers like that:
And all four of the books from Michael Stone's Streeter series, chronicling the adventures of Denver bounty hunter and PI Streeter have covers like that:
Heck, even The New Yorker:
and singer Aimee Mann have gone with covers like that:
Maybe that's not a bad idea for Bleak House Books and me to consider. Just saying.
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