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Oct 26 2016 3:00pm

A Series of Covers: Q&A between Charles Finch and David Rotstein

Often, the most tumultuous part of the publishing process is the creation of cover art. Responsible for hundreds of books a year, artists work tirelessly to create the perfect image to represent 300+ pages, and publishers, editors, sales reps, and marketers all weigh in with opinions that the artist has to absorb and consider. Tough!

But sometimes the process runs smoothly and produces perfection. Executive Art Director David Rotstein has worked on 10 covers for Charles Finch's Victorian era series, and each of them captures the suspense, character, and history in the books impeccably. 

Authors don't often get the chance to communicate directly with the artists, but to commemorate the 10th book in the Charles Lenox series, Charlie and David were able to get together to discuss what happens behind the scenes in this exclusive Q&A. 

[Read the full Q&A below!]

Sep 6 2012 1:00pm

What is Hidden Behind Invisible Country?

Invisible Country by Annamaria AlfieriAnnamaria Alfieri’s Invisible Country is a wonderful mystery set in Paraguay in the mid-1800s. If you are curious about the book, you can check out the Invisible Country Fresh Meat.

The book has such an interesting premise and setting. The art of Joel Nakamura immediately evoked this world for me. Joel did an amazing series of sketches that I am so delighted to share with everyone. Below is just a sampling of a few of them.

[Something’s sketchy . . .]

Jul 27 2012 3:00pm

Eight Times Stranger with Steve Hamilton’s New Thriller

Die a Stranger by Steve HamiltonDie a Stranger is Steve Hamilton’s newest Alex McKnight novel, and it’s thrilling. The book opens with a plane secretly landing on a remote, abandoned air strip in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and a drug trafficking deal gone wrong.

Below is my very first design for the cover. Until writing this, I had not realized how circular the journey of this cover was.





[Let’s take a look at the original . . .]

Jul 16 2012 11:45am

Undercover Sweepstakes with Some Like it Hawk by Donna Andrews!

Some Like it Hawk by Donna AndrewsNote from 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.

Some Like it Hawk conceptual drawings by Maggie Parr

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.

[More Show and Tell, please!]