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Let the Stampede Begin

T
he copy editing could use some help, but McGraw-Hill's catalogue page for my new book makes me happy. I don't even understand what some of the promo copy is supposed to mean, and then there's that hyphen with an "-ly" adverb, etc., etc., but I don't care so much about that.

Agents warn authors that covers are often horrible and there's nothing the authors can do about it. Me, I'm 2-for-2 on being absolutely ecstatic about cover designs. My editor at Contemporary Books told me that she rejected the designer's first attempt at a "Lapsing Into a Comma" cover because it looked too much like the cover of "Woe Is I." I never saw that first effort, but I loved the second one. I may be wrong, but I suspect that some ideas about typefaces and colors were gleaned from this Web site. I'm not complaining.

I offered a suggestion for the "Elephants of Style" cover, echoing the "Lapsing" cover but with a slight palette change and a retro typeface twist. Proving why I'm a writer and not a designer, the design staff at McGraw-Hill (which in the interim had bought Contemporary) did me one better. Very retro, very sleek, very nice. I'm definitely not complaining.