Saturday, June 25, 2011

The new Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Covers for EASILY AMUSED and A SCATTERED LIFE

Two of my books will be released on August 23rd as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt titles. As such, they have a new look: new covers, new formatting, and as an added bonus-- the author will wake up on that day and find herself completely done over as well--ten years younger and twenty pounds thinner. That's what I'm hoping for anyway. ;-)

I saw the new covers some time ago, but wasn't sure if I could post them. Now that I'm seeing them crop up elsewhere on the Internet, I'll assume it's fine. Here they are:























Aren't they gorgeous? I really love them both, but especially Easily Amused, something that surprised my editor. He thought that since I was so attached to the original cover with the feet that I'd be resistant to the change. Ha! Little does he know how adaptable I can be.

I'm thrilled with what they did with A Scattered Life as well. They managed to give the impression of an old house, which is perfect since the story takes place in a neighborhood of older homes. The novel is about three very different women in a friendship triangle, so if I had to guess the reason why shoes are shown I'd say:

A) the different types of shoes represent the women
B) the shoes are "scattered" which would play into the title
C) women really like books with shoes on the cover.

Or maybe it's something else entirely. Regardless, I think it's a very appealing image and it says women's fiction, which is the important thing.

Later,

Karen

28 comments:

Kathleenshoop said...

Those are great!!!

Sean McCartney said...

Karen- Very cool covers. I do like Easily Amused but it took me awhile to check A Scattered Life becase I liked the letters all over the place. I showed my wife and she said the new covers look awesome so I was set staright on that one. She really liked the waking up part of your post. :)

Sean McCartney
The Treasure Hunters Club

Kathleenshoop said...

Those are great!!! Congratulations!

Kathleenshoop said...

Those are great!!! Congratulations!

Ruth Harris said...

Yay! Karen. Congratulations! I'm so accustomed to your "old" covers, the "new" ones came as a bit of a jolt--but very come-hither indeed.

Yay! for Women's Fiction.

Yay! for the 10/20 rule!!!

And double Yay! for the great KMcQ!

Karen McQuestion said...

Kathleen Shoop, I'm not sure why blogger decided to echo all your kind words, but thank you very much!

Hey Sean! Thanks so much for stopping by. I've been thinking about you and wondering if your article was accepted? I can't imagine it wasn't...

Ruth Harris, you are a breath of fresh air! And now I'm going to risk sounding stupid by asking--what's the 10/20 rule?

Jools said...

Hi, Karen!
Wow!!!Those covers are absolutely beautiful!
Jools Sinclair

Ellen Fisher said...

They look terrific! Congrats, and here's to many more sales!

Sheri L. Swift said...

Beautiful covers! Congrats! ; )

Bill B said...

Great looking covers, Karen! But I've gotta say it ... I probably wouldn't have picked up either for myself (yeah, yeah, I know I'm not in the target audience. But ... but I liked 'em both!). Again, they look really cool!

Karen Wojcik Berner said...

They look fantastic! And a blurb from Delia Ephron--awesome. Good luck. I think this will catapult you even further into the publishing stratosphere

Anne R. Allen said...

You know you've arrived when your name is bigger and flashier than the book title! I think they're both great. They say women's fiction that's not all dark and weepy, but not cartoony-mindless either.

And I sure hope Ruth comes back and tells us about the 10/20 rule.

Coleslaw said...
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Coleslaw said...

I wish I could just edit my comment:
There's a 10-20 rule for lifeguards. "As a lifeguard, you should be able to spot anyone in trouble within 10 seconds. And you should be able to reach that individual within 20 seconds. That means that someone should not be in trouble for more than 30 seconds." There's also a 10-20-30 rule for Powerpoint presentations. That's as far as my Google Fu took me. I don't know if Ruth had either one in mind.

I love the new cover for "A Scattered Life". The other one, I think I like the original a little better, but it does look good.

Jon Olson said...

Hey, really cool covers.

Jon Olson
The Petoskey Stone

Karen McQuestion said...

Thanks for all the positive comments, everyone! Coleslaw, there has to be some correlation between the information you got on the 10/20 rule and book covers. Hopefully Ruth will come back and clarify. I hate being ignorant. :)

Sean McCartney said...

Thanks Karen but they turned me down. :( They said it was too much like other articles. I queried Writers Digest hoping to see if they might be interested but haven't heard back.
I don't know why but it seems like since the second book came out I have some sort of curse that prevents it from doing well. Could be a bad book but I don't think it is, of course I would think that. :)

Karen McQuestion said...

Oh Sean, we all go through slumps. That just means you're due for some good stuff. Soon, I hope!

PV Lundqvist said...

I love Houghton Mifflin. A great publisher for a great writer.

Congrats.

Karen McQuestion said...

Thanks, PV! I have a feeling I'm going to love working with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. :)

Joshua Grover-David Patterson said...

No mention of the quote from Delia Ephron? That's pretty great, in my ever-so-humble opinion.

My Fairy Tale: Fairy Godmother-In-Law

Peter S. Hart said...

“…ten years younger and twenty pounds thinner…” That’s funny (because my reaction to it is, “Me, too!”). I just got some of your samples; I will check them out tonight, during my “reading and relaxing” time.

Kirk Farber said...

Great covers, Karen!! Beautiful, eye-catching images. How exciting. Congrats!!

Karen McQuestion said...

Joshua Grover-David Patterson--I thought the Delia Ephron quote was pretty great too. :) A lot of people know her from her work as a producer and screenwriter, but she's also a terrific novelist. Her book, HANGING UP, is wonderful--it really hit home for me.

Peter S. Hart--thanks for stopping by and commenting. And also thank you for giving my writing a look. I love being able to sample books ahead of time.

Hey Kirk! Still loving Colorado? Thanks for the congrats. I appreciate it.

annebingham said...

ALL of your covers are great! And soon I expect there will be all those wonderful foreign language covers to look forward to as well!

Karen McQuestion said...

So far, Anne, there's only one foreign cover, but thanks for using the plural--I appreciate the vote of confidence!

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I guess shoes are kind of like chairs - if you see a photo of a chair, doesn't it make you think of a person? That must be why they used women's shoes for the cover (subconscious symbolism). I also like the look of your new site, and think you deserve it!

Karen McQuestion said...

"Subconscious symbolism"--I like it! I'm going to use that phrase in the future, Christina. I hope I remember to credit you. :)

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