I am not an artistic person. Despite taking a class in college, I still revert to stick figures when drawing people. That’s why it fascinates me to watch cover art unfold. ICYMI, I did a book cover reveal for my third Sassy Cat Mystery, MIMI LEE CRACKS THE CODE, on the fabulous Dru Ann’s blog!
Step one of cover design involves art concepts. Since MIMI LEE CRACKS THE CODE has ties to Catalina Island, I wanted imagery to reflect that. It’s beautiful there (I got the chance to visit a few years back), so I gave the art department these photos:
While visiting the Catalina Island Museum, I learned about its history. Look at this fun advertisement to visit Catalina. Incorporating vibrant colors like these in my cover might be nice…
I also ate some great seafood, but I kept those foodie photos to myself:
How did the cover turn out? Take a look!
Here are some thoughts I had while making and finalizing this cover:
- I like that Mimi has stepped out of the shadows and into the foreground.
- Marshmallow has got to have the longest cat tail ever!
- The background has a nice stormy (aka mysterious) vibe.
- To my delight, they put in the Casino, one of the iconic buildings on the island.
- We must have gone back and forth over the colors of the words (title, author name, etc.) at least 3x!
Whaddya think? What grabs your attention here–or on other book covers?