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Entries in Book Covers (2)


The making of a book cover

Choosing book covers is like choosing what outfit you're going to wear to the bookstore. Do you go in footie pajamas with bed-head? Do you go in a grey, three-piece suit, wearing a nose-ring? Or do strap on a corset from the Victorian Age?

With WILLOW as well as HOTEL, I was asked for my input, which I benignly gave. I was hesitant because I was an art director in my previous career and never once was the process improved by the client saying, "Hey, I've got an idea!" That adage about a camel being a horse designed by committee was never more apt.

But when prodded I relented. And I didn't just send written ideas, I knocked out some rough (very rough) thumbnails in Photoshop.

And just like with HOTEL, my ideas might have been directional (at best) but the designs my editor came back with were 100x better that my ideas. That being stated, here are my roughs, and the eventual covers we had to choose from.


Here's an early design that we felt was too generic.


And now the good stuff, courtesy of The Book Designers.



I love that new cover smell

After three rounds of cover ideas the Design Fairy finally waved her magic wand and this appeared in my inbox, much to my delight. Is it September 10th yet?