The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night Featured in The Bookseller

The Bookseller has highlighted The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night as part of their Cover design round-up: November 2017. The book cover was illustrated and complete with hand lettering by the very talented Aitch. Art direction by me.

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The finished book is lovely – printed directly onto the fine linen, clear foil and individual short story headers also beautifully drawn by Aitch.


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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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Giant and Baby Bibles

Wowwww, my Bible cover design has been made into a giant size version too!! Looks great with so much attention to detail such as the elastic and page lines marked on the sides too.

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The Bibles List – The 2017 Update

Originally, managing the whole of the Bibles list was for maternity cover but this has now become an additional part of my role. Below are some examples of the Bibles that I have worked on this year.

NIV Large Print Single-Column Deluxe Reference Bible: Teal Soft-tone

Special finishes include a textured soft tone material with debossed floral details.

Lovely matching alternating white and purple head and tail bands and purple ribbons.

Inside there are colour coordinated and patterned endpapers. A beautiful Pantone purple here!

NIV Tan Single-Column Journalling Bible

This trendy Bible is printed on lovely textured paper with a matching dusky blue Pantone dyed elastic.

Similar blue Pantone for the simple endpapers.

Deep blue head and tail bands and ribbons complete the overall look.

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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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The Last of Summer Reading

Make the most of the last moments of summer sunshine and best accompanied with a reading of a Summer at Hope Meadows.


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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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