First: As anyone who has followed this blog from the beginning knows, GLIMPSE originally sold to a publishing house only to be orphaned shortly thereafter when the publisher closed their doors.
No, no, do not sigh, or say “awww.” Do not gasp or express condolences (unless those condolences come in the form of chocolate, in which case, by all means, express away). It all worked out for the best. The only reason I mention it now is because the in-house designer had created a cover before the closure and I LOVED it. I particularly loved the clock element at the top of the page. The Designer is TAMMY DESNOYERS and you can find more about her and her incredible work HERE
Second: When I decided to release the books on my own, I approached a couple designers and gave them a brief where I provided a synopsis of the book, a couple key scenes that I thought captured the essence of the book, and provided the overall tone of the story. I was really impressed with the concept this next designer came up with–both of them–and even though the spider element was total coincidence, I decided it was a bit too similar to the first cover. The designer of this one is Clarissa and you can find her website (which is full of incredible designs she’s created) HERE
Third: Now for the designer I ultimately went with. I asked the designer to create a darker book, with a young man running and a stop-watch exploding behind him. I explained the tone of the book and then crossed my fingers.
What I got was exactly what I was looking for. There were a few tweaks from the first concept to final design: lightening it a bit, adjusting the font, and changing the overall color, but I knew when I saw the main image that it was the right fit. The designer’s name is PINTADO and you can find more about him and his designs HERE
Each of the designers mentioned above created covers I LOVED. They’re not just brilliant artists/designers, they’re also really laid back, and fun to work with. I highly recommend each of them and hope you’ll go to their sites and check out their portfolios.
So there you have it. That’s how GLIMPSE came to be. What do you think?