As some of you know, I am a publishing student. One of my favourite classes in my publishing program is design. Last semester, I got an opportunity to choose between designing a book cover or a magazine cover. Can you guess which I chose?
My muse for my book cover is an idea I have been working on with a friend. It is a science fiction story with references to different religious mythology mixed in. My first attempt was to design a cover for the first book, but I had limited resources for what I wanted to do. Instead I decided to make the “if this turned into a second book, here is the cover” piece. And here is it:
I used photos of the lovely Evan Rachel Wood and Diane Kruger. They represent the sisters in the story. A brief background: There’s two countries that are at war in the first book—one represents Heaven and the other Hell. One sister wants peace between both countries, but is protected by the hero of the story. Meanwhile, her little sister has been more affected by the war and it takes a toll on the person she use to be, hence the darker photo. I wanted the pictures and the title to juxtapose each other, so it creates an ironic effect.
What do you think?
Ever hear of Harry Potter? If you haven’t, have you been living under a rock?
Heard of Twilight? Most of us have. If you managed to escape the damaging shrills of vampire fan girls, lucky you.
So what do these big name book titles have in common? Well, they all became a phenomenon.
In the book world, it gets hit with a new phenomenon, on average, in a cycle of every five years. Once you realise what the newest hot trend is, it is sometimes too late to jump onto the bandwagon—at least, for writers.
The vampires have had their spotlight, but the question now is: what’s next? Continue reading