The publication date for The Silver Compass has been set for April 2008, and already marketing and sales are talking 'cover art', which I love because it makes the book seem more... real.
When it came to The Tin Box and The Penny Tree, marketing, sales, myself, my editor, and my agent often had similar and hugely differing opinions when it came to covers. Everyone aspires for the 'perfect cover', with a tone and style that most accurately reflects the true nature of the story, and in the end, somehow, it all seems to works out.
Anyhow, I've decided to share the evolution of the cover for The Silver Compass with my blog readers from start to finish, a process I think you'll find interesting. Here's the first attempt, which I feel is a good starting point, other than that it's a bit too... white.
Mia and Trish, thanks for your comments, which reminded me that it might help if you have the flap copy to reference what the story is about. Here it is:
Ellis Williams was 17, pregnant, abandoned by her own father, and scared to death when she jumped off a bridge in Barrow, Montana, one rainy Sunday morning. Then along came Louie Johnson, who pulled her from the river and saved her from shame with a beautiful lie. His selfless act changed several lives that day…and led Ellis to rediscover her treasured silver compass that has been her touchstone and inspiration ever since.
That was fifteen years ago. And a lot has changed.
Recently widowed, with a troubled teenage daughter of her own, Ellis returns to Barrow where life still catches her by surprise. First, the town eccentric is none other than Louie Johnson, estranged from his own grown daughter and keeping things hopping down at the nursing home where Ellis gets a job. Then Ellis’s father suddenly reappears after almost two decades and Ellis is torn between bitter resentment and a profound yearning to reconnect with her past. Amidst the confusion of these tangled lives, Ellis begins to learn that forgiveness and second chances often go hand-in-hand, and that life’s most wonderful gifts can come in an instant, pointing us in bright new directions…
Comments anyone? (Lurkers, I'd love to hear from you, too :)