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Bookshop in August 2017

A bit late but here is the update of my cover designs from bookshop browsing in August. First up is Summer at Hope Meadows paperback, the final cover is complete with red foil, spot UV and emboss.

The Waking Land hardback is part of the Science Fiction & Fantasy category. Special finishes include an intricate blind spot UV of magical plants growing.

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Fireblood in Print

YESSSS!!!!! Fireblood with some smoking spot uv action AND A SIZZLING RED FOIL is now available in print! I loved designing the book covers for the whole of the Frostblood Trilogy and I am pleased with this final product. The ebook is one of Hodder’s top ten most pre-ordered titles.

 

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Hardback to Paperback Cover Designs

Thought I would do a post on the cover design differences from hardback to paperback editions. Both the hardbacks and paperbacks displayed here, I feel that I am happy with the design outcomes whatever the changes in cover direction maybe.

Sometimes the paperback is simply a straight forward adapt of the original hardback edition. The Wild Air only has a difference in the quote used.

Other times the paperback is more or less the same design as the original edition but with a few amends. Happiness is a State of Mind paperback has been changed with the overall colours brightened, a coloured background added in and the composition has been centralised.

Similarly, When the Floods Came paperback is an amended design. It has a gradual change from dark blue to a brighter blue background colour and with the additional three quotes means also a change in composition.

In other cases the design of the paperback is completely new and fresh. The Harmless Like You paperback has a photographic and more commercial appeal compared with the delicately illustrated hardback approach.

Another example of this is the Beyond Happiness paperback, again with a photographic and more mass market appeal.

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Queen Bees

Queen Bees is available in HB and PB now, both editions look regal with gold foil lettering. Read this book to find out more about the lives of six remarkable women (Lady Astor, Mrs Greville, Lady Londonderry, Lady Cunard, Laura Corrigan, Lady Colefax) who made careers out of being British society hostesses between the wars.

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In Every Moment We Are Still Alive

Our garden is full of lovely fruits: blueberries, goji berries, black berries, apples and plums. This got me thinking of In Every Moment We Are Still Alive, which I art directed. The typography and gorgeous paper sculpture is by the talented Melissa Deckert.

The book is by the Swedish poet Tom Malmquist and is a mainly autobiographical account of how he copes when his wife dies of Leukaemia and he is left to raise their daughter on his own. His story is very powerful, moving and beautiful and the cover artwork aims to reflect this content. We wanted to capture an important moment in time when his daughter is standing under a cherry tree and the petals delicately falls away.

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Bookshop in May 2017

I went books shopping and spotted in the Foyle’s window display These Dividing Walls hardback I designed.

It was also a part of the new titles special promotion display inside the store.

Harmless Like You paperback makes an appearance.

The hardback is also a part of the front of store display.

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Harmless Like You Shortlisted for The Desmond Elliot Prize 2017

Harmless Like You is shortlisted for The Desmond Elliot Prize 2017 and see my paperback cover design in the banner. I have said this numerous times but I’ll say it again anyway, this book is AMAZING!! (Not just saying it because I designed the cover.) Click on the image to go to the website and read more about this here.

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