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Sunday, October 13, 2013

THE EVOLUTION OF A BOOK COVER

As I’m gearing up to release book 3 in my Dean Curse series (going through editing at the moment), I thought it would be interesting to share the cover journey of my books. I wanted to do this post earlier, but I didn’t want to post designs without first getting permission to do so from all the artists (which I have now received). I’ll include links to the designer’s websites, so please check them out.

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


GLIMPSE

 
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

GLIMPSE COVER OPTION CLARISSA GLIMPSE COVER OPTION CLARISSA2


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

GLIMPSE PINTADO 1 GLIMPSE PINTADO 2 Glimpse 297 jpg

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?

9 comments:

Steve MC said...

Those are all excellent, and it's cool to see how subtle changes in font and spacing can change the look of a cover.

I checked their sites, and they're all duly bookmarked.

One question - how do they charge for services in doing up a concept? I couldn't find that on their sites - just the final cost if you like it.

Steven W said...
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Steven W said...

@Steve MC - Most of the designers I have talked to want 50% in advance, and 50% upon approval of final design. Some, like Clarissa offer a money back satisfaction guarantee. With Pintado you agree to the price and he sends a few images for how the design is going, and you can make sure it's in the right direction, but you pay at the end and he provides all the PSD files/copyright/licensing details at that point.

I haven't actually worked with Tammy on any covers since she started doing freelance, so I'm not 100% how she works it. I'll ask her about that and see what she says.

Thanks for checking them out though. The three of them have been so great to me that I would love to pay-it-back a bit and drive some more business their way.

Cheryl Clark said...

They're all covers that would prompt me to pick up the book and take a look, and that is the whole point of a cover. It's interesting how you can get such a sense of menace and particularly ACTION out of the blue colour scheme. They really did a good job.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

All of those are really cool. Your illustrator is very talented.

Steven W said...

@Cheryl - I never thought about that before: blue being a menacing tone - but you're right. I would have thought red would be a more eerie color.

@Alex - I'm glad you like them, and I totally agree that those artists are very talented. On another note, congratulations on you latest release (re-release) of your books! I've been watching your journey for a couple years now and I'm really happy for all the success you've been having. Way to go!

JeffO said...

Very nice. The problem is, how do you choose?

Griffin Hayes said...

Yes, making that final choice is the tough part. All three designers did a wonderful job!

thebookshelfgargoyle said...

Have just finished reading Glimpse for review not two minutes ago. Bravo! What a cracker read! I'll be popping up a review within the next fortnight, and I can't wait to read book 2. :)

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