I love my cover artist, Dave Fymbo, and love sharing how he works. This time, I challenged him to create a cover for the digital version of Rooted in Danger. The dilemma was that since this book was published in hard cover when it came out, the publisher created the cover. I liked it, but I thought it needed more “zing” to stand out in the e-book stores, where the first images you see are thumbnail size. For Where Danger Hides, we tried to make it as similar as possible. We tried that with Rooted in Danger, and these are some of the suggested images I sent him.
After some thoughts and discussion, I decided that since the odds were slim that people would be buying the $26 hard cover, my sales focus should be on the e-book. Yes, I’ll make it clear that both versions are the same book, but I wanted something different. We liked the way the third image above looked a lot like the original, but it also looked a lot like Finding Sarah, as did the first one. Dave, as always, continued and found some other images he thought might work.
I agreed that he’d found something I liked a lot, and from there, it was a matter of playing with title layouts, fonts, colors, etc. (click here to see some of the samples). We decided to move away from the publisher’s fonts and layouts and try to keep these more in line with my ‘brand.’ After at least 10 or 12 samples, (click here to see some of them) we decided on a final image, which was this one:
However, I realized that Barnes & Noble often alters the image, “folding” up the lower right corner, which would obscure my name. Dave gladly redid the cover (another reason why I love him–he keeps working even after we think we’re done.)
So here it is. The brand new cover of Rooted in Danger, which will be released as an ebook over the weekend, just as soon as the upload process goes through. Watch the blog, my Facebook page, and my website for buy links as they happen.
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