Designing Book Covers
Karen's letter to Robert Cormier
Karen at Random House writes to send Robert Cormier a proof for a new book cover design for We All Fall Down and requests his comments. The cover image shows three figures through a window trashing a home on a dark night.
Robert Cormier's response to Karen
Robert Cormier responds to Karen's request for thoughts on a cover design for We All Fall Down. Cormier admits he likes the concept, but thinks the figures in the window should be further up in the foreground and comments that the Jerome home has two floors rather than the one shown in the cover design. He shares a brief plea to no longer mention the Boston Red Sox.
Cover Designs for Tunes for Bears to Dance To
This packet of cover design documents includes the final cover for Tunes for Bears to Dance To along with the art as a stand-alone image. Also included are four mock-ups of potential cover designs including that of the final design. An internal production summary functions as a cover page.
Designing covers constitutes but one part of the book publishing process, which Bloomsbury Editor Bill Swainson summarizes in Writers & Artists article "The Publishing Process."
A book is not just about its content and book cover designers get their own recognition in articles like Sasha Frost's "America’s 5 Legendary Book Cover Designers" in The Culture Trip or Print Mag's "15 Award-Winning Book & Book Cover Designs."