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Publisher Picks the Most Bland Cover to Sell a King Recommended...

Stephen King has been raving about Mischa Berlinski's debut novel, Fieldwork, but berating the publisher for chosing a terrible cover. King says the cover is akin to demanding people not buy the book. It’s hard to tell from the blurry trees that this is a thriller set in Thailand. It looks like, well, a book about trees. Maybe its a story about forestry. I think we need Bam to do a mock blurb for the cover.

I’ll give it a shot. Enter the dreamworld of Sara Botany. When her physical vision begins to fade, Sara turns inward to find peace and new life amongst the garden of her mind. But Sara’s tenuous grasp on reality puts her forestry empire at risk. While Sara must battle her desire for peace against the rapacious logging industry, Sara’s granddauther Violet rises to take hold of the family business. Violet’s plans for the Botany empire aren’t as true to land as Sara’s vision. Will Violet’s youth prevent her from seeing the forest for the trees and destroy all that Sara sacrificed to build?

Exciting stuff. Can’t wait to read it.

Via MediaBistro.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Angie
    Apr 09, 2007 @ 11:14:30

    Wow, it certainly doesn’t scream “thriller” does it? If I saw that in the store, I’d think it was a women’s fiction or literary fiction book. Thriller? Like a Stephen King kind of book? Not even a little bit. And hardcover too. Yikes

  2. Angie
    Apr 09, 2007 @ 11:29:26

    Hey, you changed the comments to under the post. When did that happen?

  3. Jane
    Apr 09, 2007 @ 11:30:34

    Last night. I’m going to change the whole thing one of these days. do do do do do do do . . . . Kind of a thriller in and of itself, is it not? Maybe I’ll use the “forest” theme.

  4. May
    Apr 09, 2007 @ 11:37:03

    Poor Bham. She’s never going to live this down.

    So, when are you going to write for us Sara Botany’s book? I’d buy it.

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  6. Karen Scott
    Apr 09, 2007 @ 16:08:10

    I would have passed right by this book had I come across it in a bookshop. Calling the cover dull is a slight understatement methinks.

  7. Keishon
    Apr 09, 2007 @ 16:51:21

    Did someone say thriller?

  8. Jackie
    Apr 09, 2007 @ 17:00:40

    Covers. ((shudder))

    Some people are afraid of clowns. I’m afraid of covers.

  9. LinM
    Apr 09, 2007 @ 17:41:17

    Hey, you changed the comments to under the post. When did that happen?

    With my browser the comment column is 1 inch wide – looks fine with IE but not with IceWeasel (don’t ask); I’m not having a problem with any other sites but if I’m the only one with a problem I will find another browser.

  10. LinM
    Apr 09, 2007 @ 17:52:17

    Wow – that was fast – looks great now.

  11. Melanie
    Apr 09, 2007 @ 19:36:27

    [quote comment="26276"]Wow – that was fast – looks great now.[/quote]
    But not so much in Firefox on a Mac. :) I’ve got the one inch wide column now.

  12. Jorrie Spencer
    Apr 09, 2007 @ 19:59:52

    One inch on safari on Mac, too. Jfyi.

  13. Jorrie Spencer
    Apr 09, 2007 @ 20:01:20

    Er, but no longer. Never mind me. Very strange.

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  15. Sparky
    Oct 09, 2008 @ 06:17:10

    Honestly, with a cover that dull they may as well just remove any pretence of having a picture cover and go without a picture and slap on some fancy text. A black cover with a gold symbol in the middle and the title and author’s name in a nice bold capitals would be much more eye catching than “I was leaning out of a helicopter, being sick and snapped this photo as I went past”

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