Anyway, while I'm waiting, I figured I'd post my semi-final version of the cover. The outer black swirls were just added this morning, and I'm not sure I like the way they interact with my name. On the other hand, the swirls give a feeling of movement to what had been an otherwise static cover. I'll probably keep them.
I went with this abstract image because I couldn't think of any single concrete image that captured the overall book. This is a mix of superheroes, urban fantasy, hard SF, and ghost stories... sometimes in the same story. I was tempted to do another superhero doll cover to try to capture some of the Nobody readers, since this collection does have three superhero short tales. But, I don't want to sell the book as something that it's not, and 30% isn't a high enough superhero ratio to really justify marketing the book as a collection of comic book prose.
You can't read it, but in the background of the image are passages from all the stories. At the center of the image, if you had the original vector art and not a moderately compressed jpeg, you could read "the great spiral of life stood revealed." Other snippets include "You're as safe as you're ever going to be," "a real angel would have known to duck," and "these taboos are mighty, mightier even than eyeball consumption euphoria."
Hopefully the Wheel is not a lie.
So you fear there is no "There is No Wheel?"
When it's clear there is so "There is No Wheel!"
A "There is No Wheel" no show's
a "There is No Wheel" no no!
Click below and I'll show "There is No Wheel!"
And if that link didn't work, just go to B&N and search for There Is No Wheel. It's gone live there before the Kindle edition. Score one for Nook!
Put your name in a black stripe. It'll harden the cover a little, and I thin it'll look good. Just drop the outline and make the font white. Also I would make the word "stories" smaller and bring the wheel down some. But I'm a formalist, after all.
Hey, do want grainy looking black and white photos of medieval looking crap for some cover materials? The landscape is dotted with that kind of stuff around here.
Cavin, at present I have no need of grainy black and white medieval landscapes, but one never knows what I might need a year from now.
I've worked on a variant of the cover this morning incorporating the black bar. I wound up taking off the word "stories." It definitely makes my name stand out, especially at smaller sizes, but it also reduces the sense of movement created by the inky swirls in this area. I'll show it to Cheryl tonight and see what she thinks.
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