Book Three is Dressed

It’s always a nerve-wracking time when you first see the artwork for your book. An author has lived with their book – the story, the characters, the themes, the essence of the idea, the emotions invoked while you write – for many months, or in the case of In Her Wake, my next book, years. And then comes the cover. The principal sales tool. The wrapping paper, the enticing packaging you hope will tempt people to reach out and grab it, to take a chance on the story within. But so often what the author sees in those first moments require mental adjustment, the need to get their head around an image that isn’t what they imagined. The process up to this point has been a bit like a game of Chinese Whispers. The book has left the author and been handed over to the publisher, who has sent a brief to the designer, and each of them has then taken their own interpretation of the story, added their own thoughts and ideas and creativity to the mix, their own concept of what will sell, of what looks tempting, of what the heart of the story is. So when I received the email with the subject heading: ‘In Her Wake visuals’, my heart began to pound. I sat down, quite reverentially, and opened the attachment with a certain amount of trepidation…

The image took my breath away. There was the essence of my book in one visual hit. I love it. It reflects so many of the themes in my story and manages to evoke the atmosphere of it as well. I love the sea, the shadow of the girl, the colours, the text, the quote (that I am so delighted to have from Iona Grey, author of the beautiful Letters to the Lost, who read a pre-proof copy of the book. A big thank you to her). All of it, in fact. The saying goes ‘never judge a book by its cover’, but in this case I really hope people do!

My heartfelt thanks go to Karen Sullivan at Orenda and Mark Swan at Kid-ethic. Between them they’ve dressed In Her Wake beautifully. I hope you agree…

A perfect life … until she discovered it wasn’t her own.

A tragic family event reveals devastating news that rips Bella’s comfortable existence apart. Embarking on a personal journey that leads her to the ruggedly beautiful Cornish coast, she is forced to face hidden truths, past betrayals and a 25-year-old mystery that threaten not just her identity, but her life. Chilling, complex and profoundly moving, In Her Wake is a gripping psychological suspense that questions the nature of family, and reminds us that sometimes the most shocking crimes are committed closest to home…

6 Responses to Book Three is Dressed

  1. I think the cover looks stunning and very evocative! A sort of visual and verbal pun… Great to chat with you last night. Look forward to seeing more of you at the Festival! xx

    • Amanda Jennings says:

      Thank you, Emma! And it was lovely to see you too. Looking forward to catching up more. If not before, then at the Festival. x

  2. Iona Grey says:

    It’s so wonderful when a cover exactly encapsulates the spirit of a book, and this one really does. It’s a totally gorgeous read – can’t wait to see it in bookshops!

    • Having the reassurance of you having read it and been so lovely – and said such lovely words – really helped at a time when I wasn’t feeling confident at all. (Blooming business!) I’m forever grateful. And yes, you’re right, they nailed the feel of the book in the cover. Fingers crossed people respond to the story in the way they’ve responded to the cover! Thank you again.

  3. That is a FANTASTIC cover. GO YOU! X

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