the hijackers HQ:
Art director David Rotstein has been sharing the ideas and processes behind book cover design on a Tumblr site—check out his previous posts on Gone Missing by Linda Castillo and The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny for examples. Gorgeous, right? No jury of other crime fans would ever convict us for hijacking it. And from now on, we’ll be hosting great backstage scoop in our own Going Undercover feature.
Our first installment includes the hilarious new Meg Langslow cozy mystery Some Like it Hawk by Donna Andrews. And, to really launch this properly, we’re adding a sweepstakes below for registered commenters to enter for a chance to win one of 10 copies of the book!
So, without further ado, we pass it over to David...be gentle with him, we just removed the blindfold and handcuffs.
Hot Chicks and Murder—
Well okay—they are actually hawks (not chicks) in Donna Andrews’s new Meg Langslow mystery, Some Like it Hawk.
I absolutely loved Donna’s title, which plays off of the beloved Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Marilyn Monroe film Some Like it Hot.
For the cover I just had to try covers that referenced the movie. The very-talented Maggie Parr does these illustrations for me, and she came up with the below sketch, which I adore.
Unfortunately the sketch strays a little too far from the book’s plot, and ultimately was perhaps a little too complicated as well. So Maggie got to work and submitted these very funny revisions.
We all loved the old-fashioned electric fan sketch. Trouper that she is, Maggie further refined the sketch with an additional two versions.
The bird digging his claws in was so funny—but the claws felt too sharp or off-putting somehow. We did other versions with the type layout slightly altered, as well as a variety of background colors before ultimately coming to our final cover.
Donna’s books are such great fun, and the covers capture that aspect of the writing and always make me smile. How about you?
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David Rotstein is the Art Director of Minotaur Books, and hopes you have as much fun viewing these entries as he had creating these covers.