December 16, 2011

Making the cover: The Fallback Plan


Sometimes when you set out to design a new book, you get lucky and nail it on your first try. Other times, it takes a long process to reach a successful solution. It was a pleasure to work on Leigh Stein’s excellent debut novel The Fallback Plan, but establishing the right tone was tricky—it’s a grown-up novel about a young woman, a serious story with a wry sense of humor, and a quirky book with a lot of heart at its center. Below, take a look at a few of the steps from first idea to final cover.

Christopher King is the Art Director of Melville House.