This is already out, so I’m a bit late posting this! But when I received my advanced copy of the book, I was really very happy with it. Topped off with a lovely acknowledgement from the author! The cover design was an absolute joy to work on and great to continue on the series design from the first book: The Waking Land.
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Should You Ask Me paperback is now available in print. A different photographic cover direction to the illustrative hardback. But both approaches work very well for the novel.
About the book:
‘I’ve come about the bodies. I know who they are.’
Just before D-Day in 1944, on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, an elderly woman walks into a police station. She has information, she says, about human remains recently discovered nearby.
The bodies could have stayed buried for ever – like the pain and passion that put them there. But Mary Holmes is finally ready to tell the truth.
The young constable sent to take her statement is still suffering from the injuries that ended his army career. As he tries to make sense of her tale, William finds himself increasingly distracted. Mary’s confession forces his own violent memories to the surface – betrayals and regrets as badly healed as his war wounds.
Over six days, as pressure builds for the final push in Europe, two lives reveal their secrets. Should You Ask Me is a captivating story about people at their worst and best: raw, rich, and utterly compelling.
Hurray – my cover design for Record of a Spaceborn Few was revealed on Friday!! See the article from Hodderscape: https://www.hodderscape.co.uk/cover-reveal-record-of-a-spaceborn-few-by-becky-chambers/?utm_content=RecordOfASpacebornFew%252CBeckyChambers%252CHodder%252CHodderscape&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=Falcon&utm_medium=Hodderscape
I enjoyed experimenting with an explosion of colour for this cover!
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.
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.
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.
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.