Exciting news!!! We’ve long adored Kate Baer’s funny, moving poems about marriage, motherhood, friendship and being a woman, and her first book is now available for pre-order (Amazon, Books Are Magic). How gorgeous is the cover? I’m always interested in what cover ideas almost made the cut, so here are a few of the alternates…
“The process didn’t go how I expected it to go — I think I expected to not be picky, which sounds dumb. But I don’t go into a room and visualize how it could be better; instead, I go into a Pottery Barn and I’m like, I like that. So, I thought I’d get the cover and just love it right away.
“Harper Collins gave me this first one, and it felt pretty but forgettable. It was hard at first because I didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. I lost sleep because I thought, someone worked hard on this and I don’t want to say I don’t like it. I had to channel some boss energy.”
“Then they sent me the next one; I had asked for something bolder, and it was too far a swing in that direction.”
“That’s when I started doodling covers myself. I had to think, what DO I want? If I don’t like these first two, then it’s on me. For a while, I thought, maybe we should have a picture of a woman, but then I thought, the title really speaks for itself.”
“I thought this was such a cool image. I looked up the artist — Amy Ross. She does really beautiful work. I’d love for her to illustrate my next book!”
“Then I was spitballing with friends. My friend Candis Jones and I had been talking about bad behavior of men, and five minutes later she sent me this and I just died. Sometimes you’re just in that mood.” (The background image is ‘Medusa’ by Luciano Garbati)
“My other favorite was drawn by my friend Mo’s six-year-old daughter. I literally almost sent it to my editor. Everything about it, it’s just perfect. I’m going to have it framed.”
“When Harper Collins sent me the final one — by designer Joanne O’Neill with a painting by Johan Johnsen — I immediately started crying. It was exactly what I’d pictured. They reached into my brain! It spoke to the tone of the poems and it was feminine without being weak, which I really liked. It was so beautiful.”
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