Clare Hey, Editorial Director at Simon & Schuster talks novelty, judging a book by its cover and the publisher’s recent re-issue of The Glass Painter’s Daughter by Rachel Hore.
A confession: publishers are often guilty of an obsession with the new. We like shiny debuts. We love the excitement of publication days. And we tend to move on very quickly to the next new thing once the previous one is just a few weeks old.
But a book is new to someone who hasn’t yet read it, and I firmly believe that as an industry we could – and should – do more to keep promoting our books, even after that first flush of excitement.
And that’s why we at S&S are excited to have published a reissue of Rachel Hore’s wonderful novel, The Glass Painter’s Daughter, which first came out in 2009. The new edition, complete with a beautiful new cover, came out on Thursday 10 September and is already finding a new raft of readers.
The Glass Painter’s Daughter is Rachel’s third novel. It’s set in a small stained-glass shop in the back streets of Westminster and tells the story of Fran and her father Edward as they take on a commission which will draw them into secrets from the past. It has had several cover lives since it was first published and looking back at its various incarnations gives an insight into how cover design has changed, even in the past six years:
Inside the covers the pages are the same, but looking at these three different looks, you would be forgiven for thinking these are three very different novels. But each new cover gave the novel a new life, allowing us to sell it once again to bookshops, and to reach a new readership.
I think this latest jacket look is my favourite so far. Which do you prefer? Which would you be most likely to pick up?