Let’s start with an old favourite – a picture is worth a thousand words. Like many clichés, it’s only true in certain circumstances. In the case of a book cover, it’s worth about 95,000 words because the cover will be a major determinant of whether the book is even picked up, before any words are read.
When you’re neck-deep in trying to sell your book, thinking about a cover seems like a waste of effort because it might never be needed. Then suddenly you get your break and designing the cover is one of the tasks that makes the whole experience real.
As it happens, I did have a clear idea of what I wanted, because I describe one particular image in the book (don’t worry, no spoilers here). Unfortunately, this would have been too complicated to produce. So, we tried some other ideas and I wanted to share the ideas we went through before we got to the final version.
Here’s the first:
While an abandoned warehouse does feature, there isn’t anything about the sky melting, so we decided this wasn’t right. More soon…