Sometimes I have to shake myself to see if I am dreaming. I am fulfilling a lifelong ambition: writing and publishing a novel. It has been a daydream so long that I had given up on it—until I actually wrote a book.
But now, I am listed as an author on the publisher’s website. I am working on the graphics. I am working on the marketing. I should be working on final-editing the manuscript, but haven’t quite gotten there yet. (Tomorrow. I promise!) Sometimes I wonder if this is real, or just an extended daydream—but then my publisher asks me to do something else, and I’m sure these tasks were not part of my original roseate dream, so I am becoming more convinced that this will really happen.
And then I go back to being amazed.
Well, anyway, here’s a mockup of my latest cover design, front, back and spine. I haven’t gotten feedback from the publisher yet, but I kind of like it. But no man/coyote graphic. <Sniff><Sob> I am very attached to the shape-changing coyote, but he just isn’t working out too well as a cover. I am sure I’ll continue to use him, but perhaps not on the book cover. If you were kind enough to weigh in on the graphic, thanks. I agree with the majority that the original one is the best.
I do like this cover as well as the previous incarnation.
I’m wondering, as I look at the cover … could you still use the shape-changing coyote image by bringing the opacity way down and incorporating it into the clouds (I’m thinking perhaps on the back cover, but it might be able to work on the front ? ) so that it’s still there, albeit very subtle and just kind of emerging or, in the spirit of your post here, dream-like ?
Oooh, nice idea, HiC. But the publisher has approved the final concept, so I’m reluctant to go back in and change it at this point. Maybe for the sequel!
Sorry, obviously that should have been K.D. My finger pressed Post before my brain could react.
This is a nice book cover J.D. but I thought your original idea was better. It works well on your page header.
Best of luck with the final changes before publication.
Thanks, Lord D. I kind of liked the first version better too–but the publisher wanted something different. It’s a process.