petition for cover change?

Have any of you ever found a petition directed at a publisher to change the cover of a not-yet-released book?

As some of you may remember, I posted about a month ago a rant concerning a series I follow having a totally inappropriate cover (in my mind) coming out. The problem with the cover: it looks like a cheesy romance, “bodice-ripper” novel. But the series is more historical and mystery than romance. (This is my Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig.) The cover in question is this:

Ms. Willig was hosting a cover contest for people to redesign it, just for fun. I think this got some people’s hopes up that she would change the cover. But obviously it’s not up to her, but her publisher Dutton.

So, apparently some of Ms. Willig’s fan base has begun a petition to Dutton to change the cover, arguing this:

We, the loyal fan base of Lauren Willig, are deeply grateful for the support that Dutton Publishers has given our beloved series. We love the Pink Carnation series in part because of it’s treatment of the historical romance genre. While most books of this genre are typical “bodice-rippers”, this series is classier and more tasteful. The hardback covers for these books (which can be found here) reflect this image. Not only are the covers actual oil paintings from the time period, they also portray the heroine as a smart sophisticated lady.

However, and with all due respect to Dutton, The cover for The Orchid Affair, which was revealed on July 12th, 2010, is a travesty for those who have been fans of the series for many years. The cover is that of a typical bodice ripper, complete with bare shoulders and thin silk gown. We, the fans, would like to see this cover replaced with one more in keeping with the oil painting tradition. As none of these books have been printed yet, and scores of fans have submitted ideas for substitution covers, this would not be an impossible task.

While Dutton may hope to gain readers by releasing a run-of-the-mill cover, they should be aware that they may lose already devoted fans in the process.

Anyway. I was just wondering, have any of you ever seen a petition to change a book cover before? I find it interesting. And I signed it, as I dislike the cover immensely.

PS- If any of you are or know fans of Ms. Willig’s Pink Carnation series, check the petition out for real by clicking HERE. It’d be interesting to see if it really works.

3 thoughts on “petition for cover change?

  1. […] Their issue? That it undermines the series – a witty and entertaining blend of historical mystery, adventure and romance – presenting it like a cheap ‘bodice-ripping’ romance novel. No, they were having none of that… Read more about the petition here. […]

  2. […] a book cover that is coming out in January 2011: you can view these posts by clicking here and here. (Essentially, a book in a series I follow is going to look entirely to romance-y than historical […]

  3. Donna says:

    Hmmm. It will be interesting to see how this turns out. I’m glad readers are sounding off.

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