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Who Writes the Cover Copy?

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Do you ever wonder who writes the plot synopsis (cover copy) on the back of a novel?

It's an interesting process, and I think it works differently depending on the publisher. Normally, the editor sends a basic plot outline to the copy department, and someone there writes up a first draft. This is forwarded to the editor, who forwards it to the writer for approval. Small changes can be made at that point.

 For the Mist-Torn Witches and maybe the last five Noble Dead novels, I wrote the first draft of the cover copy, and then my editor made revisions and had me approve a final copy. But I'd been working with the same editor at Ace/Roc for years, and she trusted me.

Now . . . I'm writing for Kensington, and we're back to doing this the old-fashioned way (smiles). When I first saw the copy for A Choice of Crowns, I blinked at a few of the adjectives being used. For one, the copy writer referred to King Rowan as "capricious." That was not the right term, so I changed it to "arrogant." I made a few other small revisions as well, but that point, the publisher really prefers that the author doesn't make too many changes. Here is the final result:

Olivia Geroux knew her king was reluctant to marry her, whatever the negotiations had arranged. But she never expected to find handsome, arrogant King Rowan obsessed with his stepsister instead. And before she can determine what course to take, she overhears her greatest ally plotting to murder the princess.

Olivia must act quickly—and live with whatever chaos results. As the assassin hunts his prey, a magic mirror appears to show Olivia the three paths that open before her . . .

~ If she hesitates only a moment, the princess will die—and she will become queen.
~ If she calls for help, she will gain great power—but she must also thrust away her own happiness.
~ If she runs to stop the murder herself, she will know love and contentment—but her whole country will suffer.

As she lives out each path, her wits and courage will be tested as she fights to protect her people, her friends, and her heart. And deciding which to follow will be far from easy . . .


New York Times bestselling author Barb Hendee reveals a world of ruthless desire, courtly intrigue, and compassion as one woman shapes the fate of a nation . . .

This week, I've been working with my new editor on revising the cover copy for book 3, A Girl of White Winter
It's not quite "there" yet, but it's close. I'll share when it's ready. 

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