It seems I blogged too soon when I recently released a sneak preview of the cover of my new novel The Half-Child. Last week Text advised that the cover had been revised in light of feedback from marketing department reps, who found the original version ‘too cold’ and not exciting enough for the narrative.
To quote my editor, We need the jacket to say crime, fun but serious, strong but sexy, and Thai. A rather tricky brew to mix. We believe this jacket does it – it jumps… You can actually almost see it bent and squeezed into the hand luggage of travellers heading off on holiday.
At first I felt a pang at the loss of the original, primarily because it was so damn beautiful. And classy. But on reflection, I have to agree that this new version is a better fit for the book.
I like the colour and the humour, not to mention the added prominence given to my name — described by my editor as ‘born for crime’ (although possibly not as much as Karin Slaughter‘s is).
As my brother Luke noted, that the designer Chong Weng-ho has managed to convey the mood without resorting to dragons, kratoey (lady-boys), a map of Thailand, or the Kantong font is a measure of his artistic integrity and genius. I’m a huge fan of Chong’s work and I’m grateful to him and all at Text Publishing for the time and effort they are putting into to giving this book it’s best shot.
I am also grateful to the fabulous Kerry Greenwood, who has ‘puffed’ the novel, i.e. provided a quote for the back cover that will read, ‘Clever and funny, The Half-Child is full of clashing cultures and a rich sense of place.’
Which all goes to show though it takes an author to write a book, it takes a whole village to edit, design, publish, market, puff and sell it.