A.J. Fikry Covers & LOVE

Guess what? I have a book out in April, and it has three English language covers, and I love them all differently.


This is America. When I look at this cover, I think she has seen deep into my very soul. No one understands me like this cover. We are soulmates. I’d marry her, if she’d have me. This cover is by the talented Anne Winslow.

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This is UK. I love her like I love really good pens and adorable, overpriced stationery, and coffee table books. I want to go shopping with her. I want her to be my very best friend.  We text all the time. We have private jokes. The paper sculpture in the cover was commissioned by Little, Brown UK, and it is by Su Blackwell, whose work I adore!

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This is Canada. I love her like a movie that I’m dying to see despite the fact that I know I’m going to cry at this movie. It’s just my contact lenses. It’s allergies. I’ll be fine. Just please stop looking at me, and pass the Kleenex.

I enjoyed this critique of the Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac jacket, which is still probably my favorite of all my books’ jackets.


Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Source: http://us.macmillan.com/memoirsofateenageamnesiac

Critique: The cover of the book Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, by Gabrielle Zevin, published by Square Fish, an imprint of Macmillan, was photographed by Mike Bentely/iStockphoto, and designed by Jeffrey Jenkins. The story itself is about an amnesiac— a person who has suffered from a partial or total loss of their memory. Jenkins helps portray this crucial plot point with the simple cover. A cover of a book is the first thing a reader will see before they know what the book is about, and Jenkins’ design not only conveys what the novel is about, but also gives the viewer a lasting sense of mystery that accompanies amnesia and the cause of the character’s amnesia. The type used for the title is very simple— it does not detract from the cover image, but it also stands out because of the light colour of the dark background. However, the contrast is not so intense as to tire the eyes when looking at it. As well, the last word of the title— ‘amnesiac’ — fades away into the background of the photo, mimicking how a memory is wiped away from an amnesiac’s mind. The cover image used is also incredibly interesting. The keys stand out against not only the dark background, but also the text. They seem three dimensional against the flat background. While most of the keys feature letters of the alphabet, the question mark stands out against them in the middle of the composition. The question mark is not placed generally where it would appear on a keyboard, so it draws attention. The use of the question mark in such an unconventional spot brings the mystery of memory loss to the viewer’s mind and allows them to encompass a general question of ‘what happened?’ This makes the viewers want to pick up the novel, and figure the mystery out for themselves. Overall, the elements that Jenkins’ used for the cover design of Memoirs of a Teenage Anesiac embody the theme of the book, compliment the title, and successfully make the viewer want to pick up the novel based on cover alone.  


This abandoned black-and-white cat with a heart-shaped marking on her side has been named Bette Davis’ by staff at Gables Farm Dogs’ and Cats’ Home in Plymouth, Devon. She was handed in to the animal shelter last month looking dishevelled and emaciated after she was dumped by her previous owners. Bette is one of dozens of cats currently waiting to be re-homed at the centre. Picture: Adam Gray / SWNS.COM

 If the cover to my next book were an animal, it would be this cat.

An article by Christine Jordan at Flavorwire on rejected album covers. A long time ago, one of my books almost had a book jacket that also had a disturbing dead baby kind of thing going on.

The Real Thing: Yesterday and Today

Who knew the Beatles were so creepy-weird? Robert Whitaker took shots of the Fab Four in butchers’ outfits, covered in meat and holding chopped-up plastic baby dolls for a conceptual art piece titled A Somnambulant Adventure. They submitted it as pretty in-step with their black humor, but McCartney later revealed it was a comment on Vietnam. After some controversy, the new cover was pasted over the old.