So you might notice a couple of things are different around here. Don’t worry, bear traps are illegal in Massachusetts. It’s not that.
I’m talking about the new cover images for TLDTC, The Spoil of Zanuth-Karun, and Treason’s Choices. Since they’re all set in the same universe and are all related, I wanted to have the covers reflect that, of course, with a theme. But I was never quite happy with what I had come up with (yeah, I do all my own graphic design stuff), and I think the covers were a little too different from the usual fare to attract random people.
It looks pretty good on the paperback, which is good because I still have ten hard copies sitting on my desk, but e-books are impulse buys, and even though standing out from the crowd is important, so is not being the weird kid in the corner that no one wants to talk to.
I decided to take a different direction, and I think I like it. It sort of straddles the line between modern, hipster colors and the very 70’s versions of The Hobbit or The Once and Future King you might pick up in a musty used book store. My writing style is sort of a mix of the same thing – but that’s another post. In any case, I wanted something that would reflect my classic influences, and impart that flavor into the book when you pick it up.
And yes, for any medievalist nerds out there, that image is one of the carpet pages from the lovely Book of Durrow. No real symbolism there. It’s something I studied in school, it’s a beautiful work of art, and it was one of the few high resolution images I could find.
[You might also notice that I uploaded entirely the wrong image if you go to my Amazon listing, but that’ll correct itself in a few hours.]
I’d love to hear any comments or suggestions. Too funky? Too weird? Too awesome? Let me know.