CAN YOU JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER?
The publishing world has wrestled these questions with for as long as there have been books to sell. Yes, what’s on the pages is most important (or at least we like to think so). And after a while we develop favorites whose names and newest titles we seek out. But what makes you pick up a book from a writer you don’t know the first time?
As some of you know, Tryin’ to Sleep in the Bed You Made has been our biggest selling, and best-remembered book. It was published in hardcover in 1997 and had a bright indigo and pink cover with illustrations of Pat and Gayle, the two main characters. From the beginning many readers told us that the cover made them pick it up—that it called to you. By 1998, Tryin’ was released as a mass market paper back (the small one) and that edition had two covers. One pink with indigo writing, the other was the opposite-- indigo with the title in pink script, with the same illustration. In 2002, Tryin’ came out as a trade paperback and that cover was yet another incarnation of the original—except this time it was a vibrant orange. In between those versions, our British publisher came up
with a totally different cover interpretation for their audience.