Mark Terry

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The Serpent's Kiss--the cover

January 24, 2007
Here's the official cover for the second Derek Stillwater novel, THE SERPENT'S KISS--scheduled for July 1, 2007. Pretty cool!


Anonymous Eric Mayer said...

Wow! They sure know how to do covers!

8:57 PM  
Anonymous Eric Mayer said...

Oh, of course a few years hence when the cover is nothing but "Mark Terry" with a miniscule title that'll be fine to...:)

8:59 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Yeah, the cover guy, Kevin Brown, nails them, I think.

I was thrilled with the cover for The Devil's Pitchfork--and laughed out loud when I showed it to Kris Montee (half of PJ Parrish) and she said, "Your name's not big enough."

Ah, authors...

4:43 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Wow, great cover! This will show my ignorance of the mysterious ways books get made, but does the cover artist actually read the book or just a synopsis?

Can't wait to see what Stillwater gets pulled into this time, the poor guy. I really enjoyed The Devil's Pitchfork...and learned a bunch from your thriller skills. Thanks again!

6:56 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

I don't know if Kevin reads my books or not. I this isn't across the board for publishers, either. Kevin, for instance, I believe is on-staff at Llewellyn. Many publishers hire freelance artists.

I've been asked each time if I had any ideas for the cover. I did for The Devil's Pitchfork and they used some of it. I had ideas for Serpent, but they didn't use any of it, I don't think, but I'm really pleased with the cover. They just asked me yesterday for any ideas I might have for the third Derek Stillwater cover and I gave them some ideas.

I gather that Kevin then does a couple different mock-ups and there's a staff meeting where they not only discuss the cover concepts, but the title itself. To-date my titles have been the titles the've gone with. I was told that it was unanimous for the cover for Serpent, which was actually unusual.

I'm sure it varies greatly from publisher to publisher.

7:35 AM  
Blogger Rob Gregory Browne said...

Beautiful cover. I like it almost as much as The Devil's Pitchfork.

11:11 AM  
Blogger Aimless Writer said...

Great cover! Love the colors and graphics
Do you frame them?

1:11 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

I should. They sent me a cover flat for The Devil's Pitchfork and I stuck it in acetate and stuck it somewhere. I really should get it matted and frame them. They're pretty cool.

Yeah, Rob, I like the one for Pitchfork better, but this one is almost as good and sure catches the eye.

1:39 PM  
Blogger Ron Estrada said...

I must find your decorator! I loved the cover of Pitchfork, but this one might even be better.

2:18 PM  
Anonymous gregory huffstutter said...

Excellent! I particularly like how your designer went with green hues to mirror the "Serpent" theme.

2:28 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

You just like the Detroit skyline.

I heard they went for that because it looked "gaseous"--it involves sarin gas attacks--but I like your interpretation better. :)

2:33 PM  
Blogger Rob Gregory Browne said...

They sent me a high resolution jpg of Kiss Her Goodbye and I uploaded it to a place called for a blow up into a poster sized version, printed on matted photo paper. It is gorgeous and suitable for framing.

I highly recommend doing the same.

6:31 PM  
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1:46 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

Rob! Thanks, man! I'm going to check that out.

4:47 AM  
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