Good cover art is one of the defining qualities of a novel. Without it, you simply lack that opening dose of eye-catching glory; that certain visual character that will (hopefully) draw the mind as surely as it draws the body near. Oh, money’s involved in there somewhere too, but we try not to think about that part. Makes the whole process seem somehow base.
But this little author’s waxed philosophic on the key qualities of cover art previously. Today, we’re talking the Thanksgiving quality of cover art—or rather, how t-h-a-n-k-f-u-l I am to have the final edition of my own sweet cover to share with you all today. Check out this lower-resolution sample:
Over all, though, what do you think?
Care of British artist Matthew Watts, the piece has taken just under a month now to complete, but I think we’ve settled on exactly the right opening for “The Hollow March.” A touch of flames—for a walled camp, promising war and the unknown—a good dose of characters (two of the main figures from the novel, I might add!), and of course, the snowy, hazed horizon, complete with the foreboding mountains that were telltale of all versions of the cover.
As you saw from a few of the roughs, the process could have gone many ways. We had your up-close shots and your distance shots alike—and while I was a fan of the silhouetted figures, scrambling through distant, towering peaks, I must say I personally felt a more focused spotlight on the figures would draw the eye a little better. Plus, “the thirds” draw that’s pounded into all us photographer-types certainly fed my appetites well on this.
But to all you typography nuts out there: if you’ve any recommendations for quality text stylings for aas such, do let me know! Times New Roman works as a fine placeholder…but it’s certainly not sticking around any longer than that.
And as a final announcement: December 5. That is the day, people. Keep your eyes peeled, because The Hollow March will be making its debut on that first Monday of the new month! While you wait, though, feel free to check out the full chapter preview I offered up last week…should give you a good idea of the style, and a touch of character too…