While I was browsing the many tables and isles at B&N this weekend (ahem, mainly the YA section) I couldn't fail to notice some amazing cover art. And, on the contrary, some not so amazing.
In my mind, before this thought formed, I always had it in my head that when I found my rock star agent and went through the wonderful stage of revisions, then acquired a rock star editor, and repeat, I'd have two awesome individuals in which I would have formed a bond with, trusting them to know the story and believing in editor/publishing house to have the right illustrator in mind to convey that one, all-important picture that is to, in some form, set the tone of the book for might-be readers who are examining the cover art. And wow, was that a long run-on...
And then the thought came. I admired an awesome piece of art that was a book and said to myself, "I'd read this just because of the cover." Then, as I glanced down the stack of books on the "Newly Released" table, see another one in which I said to myself, "I would definitely not buy that one because of the cover."
Referrals as the exception, I have to wonder how many other readers react the same way? Sure, everyone has their own specific taste. What I like, Jane down the way may think as poor taste. Which finally brings me to the question: what if the publisher (it is them, right?) has a different taste than I do? What if the cover art is totally not what I'd imagined, even close to it, what happens? I've heard authors don't get much say in the art, especially debut authors, but do they at least ask for suggestions or your ideas? Just wondering.