Saturday, July 14, 2012

It the end of the world as we know it.....

 Here are couple images done for Richard Wright. I worked with him a few years ago doing illustrations for the Hiram Grange Chronicles and he approached me to do a Movie style poster to promote the release of his novel "Thy Fearful Symmetry, a full blown, fire and brimstone raining from the sky, rivers of blood filling the streets, the dead rising, heaven and hell, end of the world, block buster sort of thing. The Image to the left is what I came up with,,, I found myself humming REMs song, "Its the End of the World as We Know it" all the while I was working on it.

He is also wanted me to do the cover for a short story  he is releasing. The short story, "His Work to See"  was the genesis of the novel and he is giving it away free as a promotional thing, hopefully to be enjoyed in its own right, as well as driving people towards the novel (image below).

These were both great fun to do and Richard is the most gracious of clients.  On his blog he talks at length about his rational for spending the extra money to have a professional looking cover. As small and self publishers make up a fair portion of my clients I would urge them to read it. I would only add that in spite of what they say, the truth is people do judge a book by its cover. Every potential book purchaser will only give a book a second or two before moving on to the next book, so it should go without saying that your cover needs to really grab their attention, it needs to stand out against all the other books on the shelves. This is why the big publisher pay so much for their covers. It doesn't matter how brilliant your writing is, if the reader doesn't pick up  your book and read the back cover and instead grabs the book next yours where the publisher or writer spent a few extra dollars on the cover.

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