So I’ve written a book! Now all I need is a book cover that sums up the whole thing in just one image. Ha! A lot easier said then done, as many of you might know.
I had an idea in my head of what I wanted for my cover but didn’t have the talent to do it myself. So, having worked in the media industry, I reconnected with a former coworker to help me out. After explaining my story, my friend Brianna Schretlen signed on for the challenge. She’d never done a novel cover before but hey, neither had I. Her years of graphic design knowledge shone through with ever draft she produced. Some of you have seen my finished cover but I wanted to show how that cover came to be.
For starters, it defiantly helped the whole cover design process that my Brianna read my book not once, but twice. (That’s dedication for you!) We both agreed that the cover should depict as least one of the white spirit animals talked about in the book. There was a white deer, white bear and a white crow. The animal associated most with the main character was the white deer.
Here are a few of her first drafts. Although beautiful, they did not make the cut.
I loved the images of the white deer, the contrast between black and white, and the silhouette of a faded totem pole. Figuring out how to put all those images together was another challenge. So back to the drawing board!
Round two of cover design.
Sticking with the deer theme, Bri come up with these covers . The upside down deer was a little to ‘Hitchcock’. The full face was really nice but, I didn’t like the shading on it’s face. Cover three didn’t do much for me. And cover four, it was nice but a little dark and busy.
So, round three… The final cover! A seamless integration of the white deer, shadow and hint of a totem. I also like it’s monochromatic color scheme with it’s eyes matching the color of the title. I can’t wait to see it wrapped around 400 pages of YA fiction!
Brianna is now working on my kiosk displays, promotional materials, illustrating the graphic novel prequel to Harmless, and the Harmless book trailer. I’d recommend her to any author looking for polished professional images for their books.