A Book By Its Covers

The first time I saw the cover design for my first book, it was on a printed flyer promoting the book. As in: the deal was done, and it didn’t matter how I felt about the design or anything. Good thing I like it, I thought. I was a newbie author, sure, learning publishing from square one—still, the pace of the design process and my total lack of involvement in it was alarming.

That experience wasn’t a standard one, I found out later. The publishing house (now nonexistent) that had contracted with me was at the time being purchased by another house, and in leading up to the handoff, some communication items had flopped. However, I discovered through working on several more book projects (not always as the author), that a cover design process isn’t necessarily something an author participates in or is privy to.

Enter Craving Grace and Tyndale House. This time around, I saw my publishing team’s favorite cover design well in advance of a final decision being made. I was told that they had tried a few design varieties, that this was the one they were recommending, and that they hoped I would like it as much as they did.

Loved, loved it.

The book is about a fast from sweets; it’s about how honey became a symbol of what God can be to a person. So this picture of honey filling up and pouring out from a jar clutched tightly—it said practically everything to me. It made me want to read and live the story again.

THEN a few months later, I saw the three other cover designs that had been considered for Craving Grace. It was so fun for me to see the different concepts that I thought you might get a kick out of it to. Check them out and weigh in: Did we make the right decision? What does a cover say about the book? (As always, click any image to view larger.)

#1 (The one we picked.)