Which cover would you choose?

Happy New Year, everyone. The last year was a challenging but satisfying one for us at Cassava Republic Press. We want to thank you for your generous support.

Looking ahead, we’ll be publishing some exciting new titles this year. One such book is Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, by Christie Watson. It’s a coming of age novel set in Lagos and the Niger Delta, and we think it’s just fabulous and it’s going to be a hit. As the book is still in production, we thought you’d like to get a peep at the process on how we decide on what will become the cover jacket.

The first thing we do is prepare a design brief for our supremely talented designer, Lynn Hatzius, which includes a synopsis of the plot and a description of the places of the novel. We also described some of the characters as well as some of the turning points in the story.

Here is what she sent back:

Version 1









Version 2











Version 3










We think all three of them are wonderful, but we would love to know which one you prefer.

Please post your comments below.

Looking forward to a great 2011!


  • All three are gorgeous, but I like version 2 best! (Also, I had to look the book up on Amazon to see if it is available for me and I have to say that these three covers are all so much more beautiful than the Other Press cover available in North America.)

    Posted by Amy on January 05, 2011
  • I came yesterday, looked, and went away because I liked them all. But today the only one that has stayed in my mind and that I can still see without even a reminder is version 2. It’s beautiful, simple, and striking. I’d say 2.

    Posted by Carmen McCain on January 05, 2011
  • I like number 2. Lovely.

    Posted by Sarah Read on January 06, 2011
  • Number 2 is the most eye catching and also the picture hints to the theme of the book where as the others don’t. With a marketers eye numero 2 would win out but without the wording being connected to the branches. It’s too much on the eye. (from an internet marketers perspective).

    Posted by Jay Roberts on January 04, 2011
  • I’d say version 2. Great designs!!! Well done!

    Posted by Sarah Ladipo Manyika on January 05, 2011
  • I prefer the 3rd version because of the warm earth shade in the background. You immediately think Africa-Sun…and Nigeria obviously because of the oil drum… The birds are larger and more colourful here; you appreciate better beauty of the ankara designs that form the birds! Whereas the first two versions actually have an Asian/chinese/silhouette feel to them!

    Posted by Ero Idehen on January 04, 2011
  • I love version 2! Imaginative, simple & clear. :o)

    Posted by Emily on January 04, 2011
  • Love version 1. Really eye catching, and a very beautiful design.

    Posted by Laura knight on January 04, 2011
  • The three versions are beautiful, Lynn Hatzius did an amazing job. I really like the versions 1 and 2 because they are less busy due to one main color on the version 1 and the simpler design of version 2. I believe that if it is a coming of age novel, the emphasis should be on the main character, so version 2 would be my choice.

    Posted by Sandrine on January 04, 2011

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