Welcome... to the real cover stars
I’m fascinated by the psychology of book cover art. I know from my experience of wandering around book stores that I’m completely and utterly swayed by my first visual experience of that book. I’ll dismiss or grab hold of a tome purely because of what’s on the front of the jacket: the colour, style, character. I’m sure you’re no different. We may think we’re deciding on which book to buy, but in reality, months of planning and art direction ensures that we’ve already been hand-picked ourselves.
Which is why it irks me that illustrators are often overlooked when people talk about successful books. I get annoyed when I read an article about a title – especially an illustrated book or graphic novel – and I can only find mention of the author. Unless the author is very well known, it’s the art that will first grab the reader’s attention.
Luckily, this is something ImagineFX can help address. This issue we’re focusing on book illustrators. There’s Jonny Duddle’s tales of reimagining the Harry Potter books (even though he’d never read them himself!) and Tony DiTerlizzi’s fairy tale of his Spiderwick Chronicles book series making it to the big screen. We’re also taking a peek inside Orbit Books, which is currently working on the book covers of your next reads, and we’ve got top tips on getting into the industry – leading illustrators are on hand to share their secrets with you, too. All in all, it’s a veritable page turner of an issue. You won’t be able to put it down…
Our special cover for subscribers this issue.
Claire Howlett, Editor firstname.lastname@example.org