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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Why I don't do my own covers...

I had a few people ask me if I came up with the designs for my books, or if my designer did. Well, what a very interesting question and I wanted to post about that. Plus, even though it hasn’t been a great secret, it gives me a chance to show you what the cover for the next installment in the Dean Curse Books will look like. 

So, after I finished the outline for book 4 I decided I wanted to title it DEEP. But after a bit of thought I decided that sounded boring, so I tried BREATHE, and that didn't look right to me either, or rather, it didn't feel active enough, so I changed it to PLUNGE. I mention that so you understand why my concept design that I sent to the designer says DEEP.
Alright, alright, I am sure you are dying to see my superior art skills, so I'll force you to wait no more. 

Cue orchestra. Release the doves. Here it is:

PS- if you love mine more than the designer's hack job of my idea, I am available for commissions :)


So, what do you think? Have I missed my calling? Should I hang up this whole writing thing and hang a shingle as an artist and book designer?


Stacy McKitrick said...

Hey, at least you have an IDEA what you want your cover to look like. I'm sure your cover designer appreciated that (and did a wonderful job, I might add). Me? I usually don't have a clue!

By the way, I think you're a better artist than I am, too! :)

Steve MC said...

Wow. That cover is just amazing. The one on the right, that is. But your cover is amazing, too, is in that from such humble beginnings such a wonder of a cover could be born. :-)

Steven W said...

@stacy - Thanks, and if nothing else the designer probably appreciated it for the laugh he got from it. But i hear you on not having a clue sometimes. I have a large series I'm working on right now and trying to come up with a concept is killing me.

@steve - What do you mean? The designer basically just added color to mine. LOL. No, I still don't know how he pulled that design from the brief I sent him. But I'm thrilled he did. PLUNGE is supposed to round out the series and I'm debating doing one more after just because I want another of his covers :)

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