I have two different cover images I am toying around with. Now realizing I am not an artist (at least not for book covers) these are very rudimentary and more to give me an general idea of the feel I am going for. Also they will help when I do find an artist to be able to say “I want something that has this feel but doesn’t suck” because that is way more descriptive than rambling for 20 minutes without actually saying anything.
The muted colours, the way it gives an idea of what the story is about (or at least one scene of it). It feels more “classic” like book covers used to be before a stupid image of a grey tie on a black background was a thing that could happen. (Don’t even get me started on the book it happened on .. or the one that inspired the whole insipid mess).
I don’t like:
Dated. It feels dated. Having such an obvious visual clue to the contents of the story right there – In this case Anika standing on a rocky shore while just the tip of the nose of the huge Pasihiri craft grinds to a halt on the bottom of the ocean.
Simple. Clean. Uncluttered. No dated feeling coming from this one. Monochromatic scheme is good (read “cheap”) for printing.
I don’t like:
The only visual clue we get from this one are water and stars. That’s it. No human element (except for the vague feel of drowning? Maybe that is just me …) I worry that the over all feel happening here will end up feeling equally dated in just a few years. This one screams “e-book” to me and I don’t think I like that.
So, those are the two I threw together in Photoshop a while ago (during the original run of Nano2015 I think). Not an overly important consideration at this point and if I go the route of a traditional publisher will most likely end up largely irrelevant. For now they sit in the back of my mind (and here now as well) while I work on draft 2. If nothing else they are serving to make this entire process feel more concrete.