There was a huge row in the US last year over Justine Larbalastier's
book Liar. It's long been a given that publishers "whiten" covers (if
only by omitting the character from the cover*): Heinlein's Friday and
Octavia Butler's Imago series were notorious examples, but Shit hit
Fan in 2009 when Bloomsbury did it to Larbalastier's book.
Justine fought back and you can find the story here:
But usually an author has little control.
(*see Terry Pratchett's Nation, Frances Hardinge's US cover for The
Lost Conspiracy, Ursula K. LeGuin's The Wizard of Earthsea)
On 31/01/2012, Catherine Butler <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 9:42 AM, Diane Purkiss
> <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>> Yes, our experience is that even corrections as he is too tall! fall
>> on deaf ears, and objections to the stylistic remit is usually met with
>> cries of how much marketing loved it.
> "We all loved it in the office!" is the standard response to objections,
There is no such thing as a right time or a wrong time. There is only the
now. The future is made up of accumulated nows.