Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Big Wake-up: Cover Three

I've been doing a series of posts as a sort of fantasy book jacket designer for my forthcoming novel, The Big Wake-Up. Bleak House Books will do the real heavy lifting on the design of the jacket, but I've been imagining what it might look like if I leveraged one of the pictures I've taken to illustrate the interior.

As you might gather from looking at the photos, the plot of the book has a little to do with cemeteries. My first attempt used a photo from La Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The second fantasy cover leveraged a picture of a "putto" with its elbow resting on a skull, taken in Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris.

Today I'm using a picture I took at the Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, California:

Mountain View is the setting for several scenes in the book, so that's a plus for using the photo, as is the fact that I've had one or two requests to use it for book covers in the past. The most recent one was for a book of poetry (!), but after getting the green light from me, the publisher ended up going with a non-cemetery-themed picture.

Any opinions out there on any of the three contenders? Ann Hillesland from my critique group--who has read the book in draft--wrote to say that she liked the first cover better because it fits the theme suggested by the title better. (She also said that she didn't want to comment publicly due to modesty, but I've outed her now!)



At 11:18 PM, Blogger Sophie Littlefield said...

i'm partial to #3, but probably only because it reminds me of my own darling children, whose permanent expression seems to be a combination of contempt and ennui. Love that.


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