Admit it: You're not finished with your novel/anthology/autobiography/whatever, but you've looked at a picture and thought, "That would be a bad ass book cover." We get ahead of ourselves, imagine that new novel beautifully bound and fresh off the press. So why not indulge our fantasies?
Here, we're posting the covers to our novels, finished or not. Either give us a picture, or make us a nice amalgamation of text and imagery.
This is for my work in progress, about 20k words in. It will appear in the workshop at some point.
Let's judge books by their covers.
Robert Thomas? Oh, man, you and Richard should totally form some kind of crime fighting team.
Or start a law firm. Thomas & Thomas.
I still want this to be the cover to the anthology I'm working on.
Cover art of an anthology that I'm featured in. Has yet to be released.
The images on the left are my vision for the covers of my books and the ones on the right are what was put together for the final book cover. Tell me what you think...
It's going to be a big hit.
"Pikachu Caulfield takes a journey through New York and discovers himself...and other Pokemon."
My cousin-in-law is working on this for me, because it is also going to be a tattoo...so:
A stained glass window from an old church lies in a bed of rich, red roses. It is Saint Jude. You can tell because he is holding his axe and the gold coin for which he is famous, but instead of saintly robes and a halo, he is an eighties punk rocker in leathers, head down, staring at his boots, sporting a brown mohawk.
The book is titled Saint Impossible. I've been in love with the idea of Saint Jude as the patron saint of punk rockers for years. No, I'm not Catholic. I just love the guy's story.
"Ash was filled with angst, grew tired of phony Pikachu and used the thunder stone to evolve him. They walked around for three days smoking cigarettes and thinking about banging a prostitute. Pencey Prep was a place he didn't want to go back to, so he planned a great escape and journey to catch the other phonies."
@ Renee, that sounds awesome. I'd love to see that picture! Jude definitely makes sense as the Patron of punk rock, haha. Born to be a lost cause ;)
MIne. You can't mistake the content or the spelling thing eh?
@Meat seeker--Yes! And pushed aside for hundreds of years just "because". It's the kind of religous mythos I can get behind.
@Jonny I do love that cover, and the title. I have to say.
MIne is being produced as a lenticular, so the face is without injury , but as you move the cover they appear. We are also looking into getting a limited edition run, bound in fake human skin and stitches like a closed wound. Good eh!
I've never put a picture in the forums before, so hopefully this works. It's something I came up with and did myself - I'll probably can it and go with something a little better. But this was my ambition taking over at the time lol.
When's it out johnny?
Hey Jay - it is out. Ebook version ere:
Hard copy out mid March... (a wee boast that I can't name yet, but a BIG chain has taken it for store front promotion, 434 outlets... clearly they ain't read it lol)
That's awesome. I may wait for the paperback. I prefer to support indie authors in print.
Nice one, every penny helps... to pay for the repair of a caravan I drove a golf buggy into, that I stole, while drunk, on the eve of new years eve. £1700!! (I ran away, but fell into a sand trap, fell over again on a fence thing, remembered my phone was in a pocket of the buggy - ran back... got caught)
Whats cutting edge press like?
Also, preordered. Might get the kindle too but thatss just greedy.
Excellent guys. Not deliberately, but I have put them trough loads of shit. They sent me to an author's thing. I thought it was to listen to others, so was fucking hammered by 6pm... then got asked to talk. I couldn't stand let alone talk. Missed meetings cos of good surf. Pissed off an agent (I didn't want one, he kept on - I got all shitty). Got asked to a seminar, fucked that up too. Got in trouble for having a rape kit for a joke, telling a critic from the Independent he had a neck like a vagina... the list goes on.
The folks at Cutting Edge work bloody hard, and have put up with lots of my shit. I didn't mean to be such a wanker, just I thought the book would die on it's arse, or flop, or not be liked, or distributors wouldn't like it, just none of it added up. I've met so many more deserving, better writers than me. Folks like on here who get, and work at the craft of writing, and I don't. There are much bigger talents, and I kind of waited (and still am) for them to realise that and rip up the contract. As if the talent police discover I'm not talented and arrest me for fraud! lol!
But yes. Good guys. Even letting me write what I do on the blog says they have balls.
I designed this for my novella about the slutty life. It's fun to pretend.
I'd buy that.
What's funny is you mention all these sexual encounters and "slutty behavior" but I don't think anything you have submitted has ever been about women having sex or autobiographical. I want to read these alleged sexual adventures lol
I'm enjoying and want to read all of these. Especially the one about Raichu that turns people into serial killers. Or members of Team Rocket. Whichever.
@Danny - Wha? Man, I thought that was all I ever wrote about. Nice to see it's not all I portray.
In a related topic, @Nighty Nite - The Team Rocket stories better have crazy sex in them.
They like to call it "denouncing the evils of truth and love."
This is the original cover-art sketch for my novel by Scott C, typos and all... ;)
If I end up finally getting an actual publisher I'm sure I'll end up with a better option of a cover, but if I end up trying the self-publishing route again, I'll probably be using this.
There's just a few more chapters I have to rewrite, some editing, and semi-colon removal before its ready to be sent out, and/or self-published.
THEN I can finally get on with my freakin' life.
I'll have to remember in editing to fix all those split up words on the back.
I'm thinking of this type thing for one of my creations.
the protaganist, I dont know his name yet, Is raped in the first chapter.
Is anyone else bothered with photos being used as covers? I can see if it's a biography or some sort of non-fiction and you want to use a photo of what you're talking about. But photos on fiction books drive me frickin' batty for some reason.
I suppose if it is fiction, and the author is just putting themselves in front of the story while having nothing to do with it. It kind of goes both ways I suppose, there's a lot of graphic art on newer books that I think looks ridiculous, or badly done, and it has stopped me from reading things at times.
So maybe, but in the end it's the story that has to stand on its own merit. In a digital world though, it is very hard not to judge a book by its cover. Comes down to personal taste and how much research somebody puts in it I guess.
@Nathaniel - To me there's a difference. If it's a picture and there is a badly put paint program title (Or text equivalent) then it sucks, looks chep and I wouldn't submit my novel to the press. Yet if the photo enhanced, or was a part of the standalone artwork of the cover, then go for it.
It does depend on the photo. Obviously I would prefer a painted picture or a collage of some sort but I think it's cheaper to design a graphic or do a photo, that's why so many publishers are doing it.
@Ash, is that a picture of you?
Haha, I have no clue how to post pictures or anything in here. I should remedy that situation.
I just want this as the cover to one of my books. It rocks.
A blank square?
Oh, there it is... That does rock...
Haha, the broken image link picture would be pretty neat on paperback.