Straight Jacket

November 28th, 2007

More good news on the cover front: Morrow just shared with me the paperback jacket for A Nail Through the Heart, and I am, to use a dated surf term, stoked. They’ve gone to a sort of film noir treatment, if we see green as noir, and I personally think it works like gangbusters. I’d love to know what you think.


They’re keeping the subtitle, “A Novel of Bangkok,” which will be on all the books from now on, and the silhouette as a central graphic element. I’ve seen a color chip for the green, which gave me pause the first time it was sent to me, and it’s a good strong color.

Thoughts, anyone?

2 Responses to “Straight Jacket”

  1. Cynthia Mueller Says:

    I’d pick it up and take a look. I love the silhouette. I’m ambivalent about the green. What did you mean, it gave you pause?

    Regarding book covers, when you are writing your story, do you “see” the book? Do you see the cover? What does it feel like to see the cover of your book for the first time?

  2. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Hi, Cynthia —

    The first time I saw a version of this jacket was a color Xerox that Morrow sent me and the green looked like Linda Blair’s upchuck in “The Exorcist.” My editor, bless her soul, sent me a color chip, and the actual green is extremely attractive, almost silvery. I like the cover very much.

    And, no, I never think about covers when I’m writing and as a result, I’m very little help when the people at Morrow, who are sensational about making sure their writers are happy, come to me with concepts. My first six or seven books came into print without my ever having seen anything, and for years, I used to tell my students that there were three stages to getting published. 1. Write your book. 2. Sell your book. 3. Hate your cover. But at Morrow they attempt to engage me at every step.

    When I see a cover design it makes me feel a certain amount of amazement that all these talented people are working to package something I just sort of dreamed up. The biggest thrill, though, is when the first actual copy of the book actually lands in my lap. There’s a blog about that somewhere on the site.(I just looked it up and it’s called “Being Published” and I wrote it in June.) That will tell you pretty much how it feels.

    Thanks for checking in.

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