February 21, 2013
Mama Loves All Her Babies the Same
One of the struggles I have when blogging about books here is my fear of appearing to favor some IVP titles over others. I have quite the opposite problem from that of another colleague in book publishing: the incomparable Bridget Jones.
The eponymous heroine of Helen Fielding's novel, Bridget Jones's Diary (and of Sharon Maguire's film) started out in the publishing business, and as I was rereading the book recently, I cackled with particular glee when Bridget is asked by the intimidating Mark Darcy whether she's "read any good books lately?":
Bridget is as characteristically frank and funny as always here, but I must say that my own experience couldn't be more different. Working in publishing, I'm not beset by a garbageman's piles of trash. It's more like working in a professional kitchen and having plate after plate of delicious food pass through my hands all day.
Which brings me back to the subject of favoritism. With so much yummy food piled high on the buffet tables filling IVP's warehouse (not literally; stay with me), how can I do much more than pick a few favorites and dig into those? I've already tried to make clear that these posts at "Behind the Books" represent nothing but my personal point of view. Nevertheless, I confess that I'm still worried.
For example, I really want to give you a sneak peek at what I think is a delightful cover design of one of our not-yet-released titles, Holy Is the Day — but will you think that by singling this one out, I'm suggesting that all the other covers aren't just as delightful? Sigh. I'm just going to have to get over it and take cover under that honorable assertion of mothers down through the ages when confronted by sibling rivalry: Mama loves all her babies the same.
So here's a nice high-resolution view of the cover designed by our art director, Cindy Kiple, for Carolyn Weber's forthcoming IVP Crescendo title:
Not bad, huh? The sparely monastic plaster of the wall. The use of what might be a thrift-store cast-off to invoke the radiance of a halo in the tradition of iconography. The concreteness of its being specifically 4:19 that will have to be holy if "holy is the day." The humility of lowercase type for the title. I don't know where to stop.
Out of curiosity (and admiration), I asked Cindy for a few words about this cover, in particular whether she'd shot the image herself or whether it was a stock photo:
I don't know whether Cindy is more pleased with this cover than any of her others, but I suspect she too would say that Mama loves all her babies the same. But I bet we can all agree with her that "something exciting is happening" on this cover — and once we release the book, inside it, too.
1 Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones's Diary (London: Picador, 1996; first electronic edition, New York: Viking, 2001), 22.9 / 416.