Titles change and so do book covers. For a long time, I’d been calling Velva Jean’s third adventure Velva Jean Learns to Spy. But that book (to be released September 25) is now Becoming Clementine. These decisions aren’t always left up to the author, though we do weigh in. There are many, many, many people (editor, publicists, marketing department, sales department) involved in choosing the title, just as there are many, many, many people (art department, editor, publicists, marketing department, sales department, book sellers) involved in creating and weighing in on the cover.
Speaking of covers, here’s the final cover for the new book, with just a few small changes (can you spot them?). It’s funny how many versions of a cover you can go through. Velva Jean Learns to Drive went through five completely different covers before we found The One.
People always ask me which, of my covers and books, is my favorite book cover and my favorite book. But that’s like asking a person to choose his favorite child or cat. I love them all equally but in different ways, and I have my own distinctive relationships with each one. (But I have to say I’m pretty wild about the cover for Becoming Clementine!)
(You can pre-order your copy of Becoming Clementine here!)
Causes Jennifer Niven Supports
Alley Cat Allies
The American Cancer Society