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New SciFi work cover + title reveal! Okay, more title/less cover, I admit…

September 14, 2012 14 comments

A couple of weeks ago I started work on a new military science fiction idea that had been stewing a bit in my mind – one that kept overshadowing the story I was working on so much, I decided to put the current story on hold and jump into the new one. One week and 10,000 words later, I was convinced that I was on the right track. So, like any patient person would do, I jumped the gun and commissioned cover art. Some may call it cart-before-the-horse, but I call it motivation. Now that someone else is working on artwork for the story I’m writing, I have to finish it. In other words:

THIS SH*T JUST GOT REAL, Y’ALL.

I gave a few chapters of the current work to the über-talented (hope that little umlaut worked) Josh Powers, who did the original artwork for my Gabriel trilogy, and he’s already throwing some great ideas back at me. So without further ado, the work-in-progress cover for LIBERATION, Book One of the Horde Wars:

Okay, okay – I pulled a fast one. This is just a tentative shell I’m starting with – Josh’s art will come later down the road, and may change a bit as the story progresses. And who knows, I may even change the title. I’m not yet 100% sold on “Horde” as the bad guys, nor 100% sold on “Liberation” as the final title. And of course, as always, I’ll continue to play with the fonts. But right now, it’s the flavor-du-jour, and I’m rolling with it.

The setting has been established, the characters mostly fleshed out, the conflict brewing, and the plot line worked out (for the most part…these things tend to write themselves in different directions as we go along). And now with a cover on the way, it’s time for me to get back to work.

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The Cover Reveal for Book 2 of the Evan Gabriel Trilogy

May 5, 2011 10 comments

Here goes…only about halfway through the writing of book two, but this cover sure is providing some serious inspiration to get cracking:

(Click the image for full size – go ahead, it’s worth the click just to see the amazing detail on the ship itself.)

Big kudos to AJ Powers for his design work. If you don’t know AJ, take a few minutes and stop by his blog to find out a bit more. If you’re on Twitter (and seriously, who reading this isn’t?) drop him a line at @aj_powers to let him know what you think. AJ’s a video game developer in real life, so I thought to ask him one day if he’d be interested in throwing together a ship and planet type of scene I had in mind for Book Two. He graciously agreed, asked me for details about what I had in mind, and went to work on some mockups. Suffice it to say I was blown away.

Although this work was kept a ‘secret’ for a few weeks, I had been seeing the progress on the images from the beginning. Even the line drawing, boxy outline of a generic ship looked fantastic, and as days went by and he added more and more detail, I saw a beautiful piece of covert art come together. Above is the final result after I added and stylized text. The planet, ship, and background were all designed by AJ, FROM SCRATCH. Not stock photos, not something he had lying around from his real job. From scratch, according to some basic specs and preferences I had given him. I couldn’t be more excited (although I will refrain from squeeing, as I’ve been told a 40ish guy shouldn’t ever squee – I leave that to my good friend Shay).

Just a final note on the importance of a quality book cover. In my humble opinion, the cover is second only to the story itself in today’s marketplace. Thousands upon thousands of bokos are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and many other online sites (shameless plug – those links go to Gabriel’s Redemption…have you read it yet? It’s less than the cost of a latte…) so how can your story possibly stand out? Potential buyers can’t, and won’t, take the time to read book blurbs or a synopsis of each one. No, the first thing – and maybe the only thing – that grabs their attention will be a well-designed, eye-catching cover. It’s important to stand out, and just as important to make sure the cover is attractive and readable at thumbnail size.

Go search Amazon and others, look in your favorite genre, and see the huge list of book thumbnails that come up. That’s what your book will be up against. Will your cover stand out? I like to think this cover, thanks to AJ, will.

What do you think?