How much control do you have over the titles of your books or over their cover designs? I believe that the title of 1356 was at first going to be Slaughteryard, which in my opinion would have been a much more exciting title and would have stood out better on the bookstore shelves. Also, the cover of the edition of The Empty Throne that I read I thought was quite poor compared to the design that features the crowned helmet on the throne.
I assume that you were overruled at some stage over the title?
Andrew S. Leeds
Really I don’t have control! I do have some influence – maybe a lot? But publishers are very picky about titles and covers. I can’t claim any expertise on cover art, and that’s more or less in the hands of the extremely clever people who devise covers, though they’re kind enough to seek my approval before its finalised. But titles – OMG – we fight like cat and dog, but they’re the dog and they’re bigger