One book, two titles

A lot of readers have been emailing me, asking about my next book.  I thought I’d give you an advance peek at what’s coming up for Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles.  Yes, it is another Jane and Maura book, but depending on where you buy the book, you’ll encounter two completely different titles — not to mention two completely different cover designs.  

 Am I trying to confuse my readers?

Not at all.  The reason for the different titles/covers has to do with different sensibilities across “the pond.”  My American publisher and my U.K. publisher couldn’t agree on which title worked better for their different audiences.  So they opted to go with two different titles.  Here they are.

In the U.S., the book will be THE KEEPSAKE:




But in the U.K., the title and cover will be KEEPING THE DEAD, and here’s their cover:


They’re really different, aren’t they?  And yet, I love them both.  If you asked me to choose between the two, I’d have a hard time deciding. 

This is an example of how publishers in different countries can work completely independently of each other. They know their own audiences.  They know what works in their own markets. 

As an aside, I just happened to notice that the image from my U.K. cover is a photograph taken by Joyce Tennyson — who just happens to live about five miles from where I do — in Maine.  Quite a coincidence, isn’t it?  And I had nothing to do with choosing that photo.


30 replies
  1. GerritsenFever10
    GerritsenFever10 says:

    YAYYY YOU’RE BACK!!! I’m so glad you put those up! I like the UK version better, though. Not to cause you any grief or anything, I just like the whole “The New Maura Isles thriller” thing. Not to say that I won’t buy the US version because of course I will.


  2. Dan Williams
    Dan Williams says:

    Hi Tess!

    I love the American title and cover – a woman as a butterfly in a butterfly collection – it just makes a more powerful statement for me.

    When does your book hit Guelph, Ontario, Canada?

  3. BernardL
    BernardL says:

    Marketing makes it all work. It stands to reason the UK would have a better idea of what sells in their market. They are both very well done.

  4. Abe
    Abe says:

    Hi Tess,

    No matter what cover or title, we all know the inside contains a best selling book. Personally, I like the American version.
    Does this mean you’re back to blogging on a permanent level? You don’t know how much you’ve been missed. Oh, look! The sun is shining again. Tess is back!

  5. april
    april says:

    I like The Keepsake as a title, but I love the UK cover. I can’t wait to read it. I just lent my mother The Bone Garden. She thought an earlier book was too scary for her tastes, but I think she’ll like The Bone Garden. I think she may like the new one, too. We’ll see. I screen her books before she reads them. 🙂

  6. WJS
    WJS says:

    Hi Terry!

    I loved the UK covers. I have to admit that the graphic design over England is better than here in US.

    Another thing I like to point out that I find it funny that my birthday occurs in September around your book releases, so I see it as my birthday present every year! I thank you so much for that 😀 I would love to have your autograph if I can ship my book(s) in to you.

    So glad to see you are back! I see you have a very old WordPress engine. Prolly need to update it soon. LOL -hint- I am a web developer.

    Keep blogging, Tess! Take it easy! -Josh (WJS)

  7. leewynne
    leewynne says:

    Hi Tess,

    I found this blog this morning. My mother in law gave me your first novel ‘Harvest’ before I boarded a plan to work in the UK for a week (I currently live in the Brittany region of France). I thought, hmmmm will help pass the time a bit, later that night at 2am I am still reading it and telling myself I should be getting to sleep for work the next day. I read it all the next evening, superb.

    I am a long way before I get to this latest release, I am currently wondering what Gabriel and Jane’s next move will be now that she has just given birth! Will continue reading this evening, can’t wait (my wife and I are renovating an old French Manoir, but with 2 small children and all your books to read it is taking longer than expected!.

    Josh is right, you could do with an update, I use wordpress also, but I am no developer!

    Best regards,

  8. mzfoo
    mzfoo says:

    Well, I’m from Singapore and so most likely I’ll be seeing the UK’s version. Regardless, I’m getting all excited already…


  9. Jeanne
    Jeanne says:

    Tess! It’s so great to have you back. I’ve really missed your updates and biz insights. Will you be doing any events for your new book down in Portland?

  10. Veekay
    Veekay says:

    Hello Tess,

    Eagerly awaiting tour next book. In what cover design format will it be available in India.

    Infact thank God for your new book because Bone Garden was a long time back.

    Also regarding the Gravity in the space station. life does complete a ful circle some way or other.

    Love you
    Vijai Kapoor,
    New Delhi India

  11. drosdelnoch
    drosdelnoch says:

    Great to have you back Tess, I just checked on the off chance you had an update so please dont let thing put you off blogging as I love reading what you have to say.

    If it helps people in the UK Tess’ work is due for UK publication in January 2009, so we can expect copies then.

  12. RayneeHaze
    RayneeHaze says:

    OMG!! Thank Goodness your back!! I cannot wait to get my hands on “The Keepsake”!! I have read everything you written and I have to say, another Maura and Jane book suits me perfectly!! I love those two characters. BTW both covers are beautiful!
    CAN’T WAIT!!! 🙂

  13. GuyWithTheShoe
    GuyWithTheShoe says:

    Tess. I have to tell you, after reading the first chapter to “Vanish” in a book store, I bought all of your books from the Isles/Rizzoli novels and I’ve loved them ever since.

    and I have to say that the people that got upset over your post about how the authors mistake was getting caught need to pull the stick out of their ass!

    I seriously laughed so hard when I read that!

  14. Dru
    Dru says:

    I like the American title and cover, especially since blue is my favorite color.

    Again, welcome back, you were missed.


  15. therese
    therese says:

    Wonderful! Seeing the two different titles and covers for the same story is great. You instilled a passionate response at the highest level of your publishing house regarding how to present this new story.

    Congrats on being able to WOW! such readers. 🙂

    This is the kind of information that shows the ethereal and practical side of the publishing world. You are the only author I know that shares this type of insight.

  16. koregonbeads
    koregonbeads says:

    I have fallen for your books. A week ago I picked one up used at the street market here in town. I finished it that day! It was “Body Double” I loved it! Of course I had to go straight to town to see if I could find more, and found three…today I hit the library…I have read four in the past week. Anyway…had to say hi, I am a new found fan. I think the Maine aspect really interest me…I lived in Maine as a child, young teen in Wells and moved to Oregon. All I can say is, I have three more sitting here waiting to read and a list of some I need to find.

    Looking forward to the very newest one! Your writing style is so smooth and captivates the reader. Just wanted to say thanks for the great stories to read.

  17. Ann Woodburn
    Ann Woodburn says:

    I went to your blog not expecting anything and wow you’re back. Great July 4th present.
    Welcome back.

  18. childofthewilderness
    childofthewilderness says:

    i had some impression the next book was gonna be called copycat or something. either way, i’ll be waiting impatiently for it (: can’t believe it’s almost a year since the bone garden.

  19. john lovell
    john lovell says:

    Well, it’s about goddamn time! And now I have something to look forward to after the Iphone G3 goes on sale. Thanks for blogging again, and for writing your upcoming bestseller.

  20. Ekiushi
    Ekiushi says:

    I prefer the UK cover. I am assuming that is the version I’ll be getting in Australia. Plus it matches the other books I have. I like when books match.

    I also can’t believe it has been almost a year since The Bone Garden. God knows what I’ve been doing this year. It seems to have gone way to fast.

    Does anyone know when the release is in Australia? I hope it is in September. I am going to New Zealand around then and I’m looking for good reading material for the plane.

  21. jdswystun
    jdswystun says:

    Can’t wait to read the new book The Keepsake. I have read all your books and enjoyed every one of them. I am looking forward to it being released in Canada. Thank-you for the wonderful entertainment.

  22. Ali M
    Ali M says:

    Can’t wait for this new book! I’ve recommended your writing to a few bookworms at work and they’ve got Gerritsen fever now too!! 🙂

    The UK title appeals to me, maybe because I also like my books to match! And I like the gritty title too. I have noticed several other publishers are copying that style here now too.

    The Us cover design is imaginative too but it wouldn’t stand out enough for me to pick it up if I was stumbling across your work for the first time! Like you said, publishers know their audiences! Thank goodness they do!

  23. Jessicacacaaa
    Jessicacacaaa says:

    I only recently picked up one of your books, “Vanish” in a “buy one get one half price” sale and wow did I pick a great book! I’ve been addicted ever since and have read all your books! Roll on “Keeping the Dead”!! 🙂

  24. mchastain
    mchastain says:

    I AM SO EXCITED!!! I cannot wait for the book to come out. I have to say that your Jane/Maura books are my favorite!

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