Author Blog Challenge # 12
Describe your process for choosing and designing your book cover. Who created your cover? How did you find him/her? What do you love about your cover? What might you do differently next time?
I designed the cover for The Hidden Risks. I had studied design and layout as one of my diploma subjects so had some understanding of where to begin – and hopefully end. I wanted the cover to hold the essence of what a book is about, not always an easy task to condense a book of a hundred plus pages down to a single image. Whether fiction or non-fiction, it is essential to find a core image or artwork-that best represents the book.
As this book spanned five generations, I chose images from each era and photoshopped these into a single sepia toned image, each blurring into the next. Choose a good font for the title and author name. Slight variations in lettering can convey a much different meaning. Elegant script lettering for a science fiction novel might be entirely inappropriate, or else this skewing of expectations could be very effective.
While the use of at least four colours (with six recommended) is suggested, I decided on just two colour – blue over sepia. I can’t remember now why I did this, but I obviously thought it was the way to go at the time. It may have been I thought the sepia would give the reader a sense of times past or a merging of times. Wanting to use a font and spacing that was easy to read, I decided on Times New Roman for both title and sub title, as uncommon or distracting styles of text tend to distract many readers.
As this book was spiral bound I didn’t need to think about spine design.
I included a brief plot summary in a bordered text box on the back cover of the book, with a lot of white space for greater impact. There is nothing I love about the cover although I was quite pleased with it at the time.
I am currently revising this book, to incorporate it into a much larger family history, so a new cover will be required – and probably a new title. The cover will have a different treatment to reflect the change in contents. I intend to find a single piece of artwork that best sums up the essence of the story, which will be in full colour front and back, and perfect bound.
~ Merlene Fawdry