Monday, January 19, 2015

Designing Series' Covers

Designing covers is always exciting. Periodic glimpses into the progress really feeds the cover lust. The waiting on the final product is agonizing. But when it's done, it's pure love. It's one of my favorite parts of publishing.
 
Angela Brown gets a second go round on her Shadow Jumper series.

Here's what she has to say...

Check it out!


As you may recall, I mentioned I was interesed in doing some book cover changes in one of my last posts. Now, here's the deal, I LOVE my current book covers Heather McCorkle did for me for Neverlove and They All Fall Down of the Shadow Jumpers trilogy.

 
 
 
Yet, as lovely as they are, they do not let readers know these titles are part of a series or trilogy, so a change was in order. But in what way could I honor the symbolism and beauty in both covers? After I reviewed what the series was about as a whole, then did a deep dive into ThinkStock photos for some inspiration, I stumbled upon something that lit a fire under me. I turned to Heather McCorkle to bring these new covers to life as she was the designer of the originals. Here are the new covers to Neverlove and They All Fall Down of the Shadow Jumpers trilogy...

Duty or love...there can be only one.
A love worth fighting for...
To ensure book 3 is in aligntment, Heather and I have gathered a great photo that I hope rounds the book covers out nicely.

As I mentioned in my post about this coming change, change can be scary. As much as I am excited, I'm a tad afraid the covers may not be received well, despite my personal opinion that they honor the original covers justly through their fiery symbolism.

So here I am opening this up to you, my blog buddies, readers, friends and all :-)

13 comments:

  1. I LOVE your new covers, Angela. They really match well and show that you're writing a series. Can't wait to see the one you have planned for the third book.

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  2. I think it was a great idea to make the covers match. That's something I've always liked about my own covers.

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  3. I like the covers and how they make it obvious it is a series.

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  4. Like Alex wrote: having your covers match is a great idea. I had the LOVE LIKE DEATH trilogy all share the same design motif. It was fun to do. Highest of sales, Angela.

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  5. I think all the covers are awesome, but agree the series looking tone is better. Mine have the same problem- partly because I never had any pre-planning. Being a life pantster can have its drawbacks.

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  6. I have a consistency with my covers with a wormhole front and center. I'll probably continue the theme when i write the next Chase Manhattan book.

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  7. As always, you are so awesome to share about my new covers, Gwen. And thanks to all the commenters. Making the change was hard but necessary.

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  8. Love!! Fits the series, and I think symbolic covers are awesome. I know the anxiety over it though . . . my publisher redid the cover for 18 Things right before 18 Truths came out to brand the series & I liked my first cover sooo much. But I'm really impressed with what their artist has done with my covers :-) Best of luck to you . . . a new cover has the potential to make a lot of sales for you!!

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  9. All of these covers are great, but the new ones definitely do a better job of conveying that they belong to a single series. Hope you have lots of success with this change! :)

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  10. Covers are one of the best parts of this business. I often wish I had the talent to create them and not have to deal with all those words! :-) Love Angela's.

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