Thursday, May 6, 2010

Books ARE Judged By Their Covers

You know that old saying about not judging a book by its cover? Well, my shelves are full of books I bought simply because I loved the cover. And I've heard from many people who have bought my book, My Big Nose And Other Natural Disasters, simply because they loved the cover.

Today I'm absolutely thrilled to announce that the great design team at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has won the Novel Cover award at the Bookbuilders of Boston 53rd Annual New England Book Show for My Big Nose And Other Natural Disasters. Yay!!!

Congratulations to Carol Chu, the book's designer, Diane Varone, production and manufacturing coordinator, Sheila Smallwood, art director, and my editor Julie Tibbott.

Authors don't have much say when it comes to book covers, but I've always been more than happy to put my stories in the hands of the capable design staff at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

So, go ahead, please judge my books by their covers!


  1. I love your cover!! Congrats to the team on the award!

  2. CONGRATS! That really is cool! And I do love the cover of MBNAOND (yes, I'm too lazy to spell that all out).

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  4. That's great! Tell them congrats!

  5. Fantastic! Congrats, Sydney! (And of course what's between the covers is pretty great, too.)