Interesting piece in the New York Times about authors and their cover designers.
Most authors have no control over their book covers… But some writers, by virtue of either their renown or contractual caveat, not only get to accept or reject designs, but also chose the designer. Although rare, prolonged designer/author relationships contribute personality to an author’s books, even when the individual designs are decidedly different.
They feature Roth, Palahniuk, and Murakami as part of their discussion. Interesting stuff.