When I envisioned the cover of The Midwife’s Tale, I wanted it to look like a seventeenth-century book, largely in keeping with my original title, Bloody News from York. The image I had in mind was something like this book from 1635:
Unfortunately, kept this idea to myself for a bit too long, and before I said anything to my editor, he sent this cover:
The one concern my agent had was that it seemed a bit too still. I had written a murder story, after all, and he thought it could use a bit more danger. We suggested putting a knife in her hand, and perhaps replacing the stalks of grain on the table with a mortar and pestle.
This is where Minotaur came through for me the first time. By all rights, they could have said, “Nope, this is it.” But they didn’t. They came back with a modified cover:
So we tried again, and once again Minotaur came through gorgeously. We found a image we liked (created by a Russian artist), and then the art department integrated it with the figure in a way that is nothing short of incredible.
I can’t say enough good things about my agent (Josh Getzler) and editor (Charlie Spicer), as well as the artists at Minotaur/St. Martins, who put up with my requests that we keep trying. I’m certainly happy, and I hope that they are as well.
The third book in Sam's exciting series, The Witch Hunter's Tale , will be released on January 6, 2015, but you can pre-order your copy now!
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