By Jane Sutton-Redner
My team is working on the Winter 2009 magazine, and as often happens, we have a dilemma—too many great options for the cover photo. I know, that’s a “problem” in the vein of having to choose a dessert at the Cheesecake Factory.
I can’t decide whether to blame Jon Warren for his usual high-quality photography or the country of Ethiopia, which produces some of the world’s most beautiful children. And yet I must blame someone, because of all the roles I play in this job, Decider-in-Chief is probably the hardest for me.
Today, emboldened by a conversation with Mike Hyatt, CEO of Thomas Nelson (fast becoming a social media guru), I’m going to do something risky (for us) and put our dilemma out there. See to the left some of the 20-odd images we’re considering for the Winter cover. If you have any strong feelings, please comment! This week we’ll be working with our designers to settle on one image, based in part on the cover lines we formulate. Input from you just might sway us.
Let me add, sometimes choosing a cover is easy—one image pops out, and a moment later you can’t imagine any other photo there. The Summer magazine was a slam-dunk like that (see the first cover in the top graphic of this blog). All of us—the editors, designers, and Jon himself—saw the power and simplicity in the shadowed profile of the girl whose story was so movingly told inside.
But this time, the more I look at these children’s lovely faces and pure expressions, the harder it becomes to choose among them. In about a month, when this issue rolls off the press, I’ll tell you how and why we came to our decision.