Authors, Writers, Publishers, and Book Readers
I've seen some cracking good book covers being showcased by our new members and I'm nosy. :D So spill the beans and tell us all about it please! Who designed it, where the idea came from, etc., as much detail as you like. It would be interesting to know how what we see today came to life.
If you could add the picture of your cover too to your reply that would be helpful. :)
Thanks Stacy, they did a fantastic job.
the problem is that most of the time, you can't expect the designer to read the book. their job is to make covers and they don't have much time. At best you can give them a detailed synopsis of the story but oftentimes all they want is your book genre, a quick summary of the story and anything that stands out in your characters, plot or locales that could make it on the cover
Kay Elizabeth said:
See, I think I'd be tempted to give the illustrator first stab at what their own idea would be to see what they would come up with. I wouldn't let them decide for me either, heck no! But I would like to see what their vision would be from the book alone.
Delphine Pontvieux said:
well, i definitely had an idea in mind for it. then i discussed it with the illustrator.
i would never let people decide for me (unless you sign with big publishers who reserve the right to design the cover however they please as per the contract). A cover is the first thing people see about your book. you have to put a lot of thought into it.
When I first began working on my cover, I found that no matter what I did, it was just too cluttered. I tried to fit all the main characters into it, with the evil Myngor in the background. Eventually, I decided to go simple. Myngor's eyes on either side of a sword. I originally wanted the sword to be proportionate in size with the eyes, but I just couldn't make it work. The end result is actually what I settled on, but it has been getting nothing but great reviews. The blood spatter across the cover ended up being a nice touch.
Buster - I love your cover. It is very intense and ominous!!
I love this! How brilliant and exciting
I love this cover! It's very comforting and makes my inner child smile. :)
Sean Noonan said:
Here's the final cover for my book, due out in September, 2012. The cover was designed by Ellen Lawson of Llewellyn Publications; a division of Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd. They asked for my input as to different ideas and layouts for the design, but in the end I finally let them run with their ideas as mine were too busy.