People frequently ask me, “Do you have any say over a book cover?”
Big question, and the answers vary depending upon the clout of the author and the disposition of the publisher.
Here’s the new paperback cover for Along Came Spider (May, 2010). And my answer to the question? In this example, for this book with Scholastic? No, no say at all.
And my new book with Scholastic, Justin Fisher Declares War! (Hardcover, August, 2010), a funny school-based story that concludes with a talent show:
Same thing. I did not have a voice in the process.
So I cross my fingers and hope the experts are right.