When you see the final product, it’s easy to NOT see what went into it. Or to see it as obvious when it’s complete – when it’s anything but obvious as you are starting the cover design process.
Check it out.
Here’s The Navigators finished cover
Eye catching, bold colors (orange and black – worked for The Fourth Descendant, right Allison?) and a high degree of contrast. A young woman who’s pretty but not too pretty, and her expression is… what, exactly? Fear? Concern? Nervous determination?
Here are the images that went into it.
Here’s our heroine, “Missy” (above) – Melissa Mills, daughter of a powerful Tampa lawyer who happens to be running for mayor. She’ll accidentally upset that apple cart. Which might mess with his plans to become Governor…
Missy looks a little less concerned without all that contrast, doesn’t she? Amazing what context does to an image.
This is where it happens, Florida Mining and Minerals, Number 32 (above). An open pit with a hidden secret.
Maybe more than one.
And this (above) imagery is supposed to give that sci-fi feel, the time travel impression, without overdoing it. Clocks and gears, but again that bright orange glow that catches the eye. Because the story is only partly about a time machine, to the extent it is at all…
But I don’t want to give away any spoilers.
Interesting to see how the designer incorporated the images into a cover that I can’t not see as The Navigators.
And according to my fans over on Facebook, my designer did a great job.
What was YOUR cover design process like?