On Covers

As the writing process drew to a close, I had to turn my attention to the cover for the book.  After shipping my precious manuscript off to the editor (well, emailing it), I set about trying to describe the book so a designer could respond with a cover.  Finalising that description had to wait until the title was settled, which happened about half way through the editing process – but that’s another story.

A friend has used designcrowd.com for a bunch of design work, so that’s the road I
chose.  I posted the brief, set the budget, invited a few recommended designers, and then . . .waited, but not for long,  As it turned out, the wining deisgn came in on about day 2 of the 10 day project run.

I am thrilled with the winning entry, but not so impressed this time around with the number of entries, and the quality of the entries at large.  In the end, I had two great deigns to choose from, from two designers who had responded thoughtfully and imaginatively to the brief.  The other designs submitted I thought were superficial “quickies”, that didn’t really rank with the others.  Next time, I’ll frame the brief a little differently.

So, here’s the cover I’ve chosen.  It looks good as small and medium sized icons (for the ebook stores) and great full-size if I ever have the book printed.