Newsweek International Edition
SEPTEMBER 4, 2007
I have figured out the secret to getting the plum jobs in this business. You want a Rolling Stone cover? Are things a little slow and even a half pager would make you happy? Hey, what about a Newsweek cover?
Brown, Merkel, and Sarkozy
Plan a vacation.
Even better than that, plan a vacation around a bike race that you’ve trained 2 months for.
That’s right, all you need to do is get all your vacation ducks in a row, pack things up, get all the paraphernalia you need for a weekend of fun/suffering, put one foot out the door, and with your hand on the key that’s in the door as you’re closing it, stop and listen. Hear that? It’s the cash register. Or, as we call it here, the phone.
It was Adolfo Valle from Newsweek International looking for a cover, due the next day. “Can you do it”? Adolfo asked after giving me the particulars of the gig. I said sure, and saw my weekend evaporate in one syllable. The job itself went so easily that I was starting to worry. I sent the first sketch and Adolfo told me that the editors had no changes at all and go ahead with the final. The piece is about how the European countries are still pro-America despite their misgivings about our leadership at this moment. 24 hours later, I pressed “send” and off it went.
I’m lucky to have a family that not only doesn’t mind stopping on a dime and changing directions, but enjoys it. We were all excited about this particular job. The only thing that’s a drag is that I won’t see it on the newsstands. If any of our European or Latin readers see it out there, let me know.