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TAKE IT COOL Gets a Cover

Take it Cool Cover with groovesGot a lot of things to blog about at the moment and not enough time to blog in. However, this is most definitely the most important one. TAKE IT COOL has a cover!

What do you think?

I have to say I love it: it’s neat, it’s eye-catching and it captures the essence of the book.

It was interesting to compare the approaches of 2RP and Salt here. With Salt, you have absolutely no idea what Chris Hamilton-Emery is going to come up with until you get tagged with an image on Facebook. I hasten to add that I’ve been very pleased indeed with the covers for both my Salt books, but it was still slightly alarming to realise that you have no input whatsoever!

With 2RP, on the other hand, Sam asked me if I had any ideas, and I suggested using the label image. I produced a horrifically amateurish mock-up of how it might look, and sent it over. She passed this to her designer, the very talented Yvonne Benting, who applied the necessary magic and turned it into something that looks like a proper book.

So things are shaping up nicely. All I’ve got to do now is complete the final edit before passing it back to 2RP. Reading it through again, and seeing that cover, I’m beginning to think it might just work, you know.

Especially with Ian Rankin’s little contribution. Or Rankin’ Ian, as we should probably start calling him.


  1. Yes!! Love the cover, especially the groovy seventies’ typeface. Dennis should be proud, will he be singing at the launch?

  2. admin

    February 20, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Good question. Would be rather cool, wouldn’t it?

  3. Brilliant, and it is eye-catching and clever as well as lovely! Loved my 2 fiction salt covers – had input but that was in the dark ages, and there was a kerfuffle over rights for the image I wanted for the first – they found out at the last minute that the owner of the image wouldn’t play ball, so image was changed with about 5 mins to go to printing! Assume with yours you dont have any ownership issues of a record label image…

  4. admin

    February 20, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Interesting point, Vanessa. The actual image is mine, although the logo on the label obviously isn’t!

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