Lord of Castle Black is up at Amazon

Thu May 15 11:27:52 PDT 2003

This brings up a good point: how does the process of developing cover
art for a new book come about?
Does the artist actually read the book?  Is the artist only given a 2
paragraph summary of the story and characters?  
For years I've wondered why book covers have so little to do with the
stories they illustrate... Especially in fantasy fiction.

Does anyone know?

-----Original Message-----
From: Warlord [mailto:warlord at dragon.com] 
Sent: Thursday, May 15, 2003 2:29 PM
To: Dragaera
Subject: RE: Lord of Castle Black is up at Amazon

> David Silberstein wrote:
> > Perhaps I am hallucinating, but the face appears to bear a most 
> > striking resemblance to John Travolta.  Hmph.
> I can see the resemblance, too, but I'm unsure as to whether I would 
> have noticed it unprompted.

It is a book cover.  Specific book cover rules state unequivocally that 

1) they are to attract as much attention as possible and
2) Under no circumstances whatsoever are they to be more than 30%


> Why do fools fall in love?

And in response, thus spake the Internet Oracle:

} They ignore the warning signs and keep climbing the damn fence.