January's #InkRipples topic is book covers. Throughout the month I’m exploring the making of a book cover. So far this month I’ve shared the progression of a couple covers as I worked with digital artists, I shared my experiences working with an illustrator, and the challenges of covering a series. Today I'm sharing my favorite cover collaboration to date.
The cover for Finding Thor was such a challenge in so many ways and my publisher and cover artist were SOOOO patient through the process.
|Such a gorgeous cover. I want to write a book |
I could use this cover for!
The first image I received for the cover I really, really loved. The field and the lighting is beautiful, alluring even, the girl is taking control of her life. And lightning! I love lightning not the mention the color scheme of the title and my name. But unfortunately, it just didn't portray the story at all. First off, Finding Thor is set in my hometown of Bend, Oregon, and there isn't a field like that within a day's drive. Second it's just too serene. There is constant action and suspense and harrowing circumstances throughout the story. Not this peaceful moment of empowerment.
|I took that photo! Elk Lake, Oregon. |
I think I was in a canoe
So, I was like, "IDK, maybe we can keep it simple. A heart shaped rope or something" - thinking she'd never have that kind of image. OH MY GAWD! She did. Plus she found a mountain lake in the most spectacular colors that were eye catching while also setting a more suspenseful mood. Ah!!! I love this cover. Maybe I love it so much because of all the work we all put into it, but of all my books this cover gets the most compliments. And you should see it IRL! It is so, so stunning in print.
|Final cover - SO gorgeous|
What drives you craziest on a misleading cover? Wrong character hair color? Unrelated setting? Misleading mood?
Be sure to visit again next week when I wrap up the book cover topic by becoming a reader and talk about my favorite book covers.
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