Cover Designs

My book has a cover design! Well, two different cover designs, to be precise. This is something I didn't know about the publishing world until fairly recently, but publishers in different geographies operate independently of each other, even if they're owned by the same big 5 firm (mine are Hachette and Macmillan, so this wouldn't have applied anyway). One cool implication of this is that for every country the book is published in, it gets a new cover.

So without further ado, here they are!

 US Edition Cover Design (Henry Holt)

US Edition Cover Design (Henry Holt)

 UK Edition Cover Design (Sceptre)

UK Edition Cover Design (Sceptre)

I am in love!!! It's also interesting to me how different the two covers are. I think it comes down to the fact that Suicide Club is a 'literary dystopian' novel -- while the UK cover leans into the dystopian aspect of it, the US cover leans into the literary-ness, I feel. Both interpretations got me really, really excited and I absolutely cannot wait to see them printed in hardcover. 

My UK editor, the wonderful Melissa Cox, did this cool post on how they came up with the cover:

"My brief was mostly inspired by films and images I’d found online – the book reminds me in places of Blade Runner, so I definitely had that in mind, as well as anime references (particularly the cityscapes you get in films like Akira and the re-make of Metropolis) and minimalist film poster design. But I think my biggest subconscious influence was the San Junipero episode of Black Mirror – that’s where I got the inspiration for the 80s neon elements I put in the brief which ended up being the foundations of our approach."