I’ve recently had the cover for my first book, The Revelation Room, professionally designed in preparation for its publication on 6th May 2015. I thought I might share with you the process I went through to reach the final product.
What the book is about:
The Revelation Room is the first in a series of psychological mystery thriller books. The main character, Ben Whittle, works in the office of his father’s private investigation business. After Ben’s father goes missing whilst trying to locate a girl who has joined a religious cult, it soon becomes apparent to Ben that he will have to try and infiltrate the cult in order to rescue his father. Ben is an extremely reluctant hero, and it is with great reticence that he sets off on his rescue mission. The first thing I wanted the cover to encapsulate was a sense of stepping into the unknown, into something far greater than Ben could ever imagine. This cult isn’t a band of harmless hippies, it is a highly dangerous group of brainwashed people who will do anything to further their cause, and it is run by an egocentric psychopath who has no regard whatsoever for the sanctity of human life.
Getting to know covers in my genre:
First of all, I took a look at similar books which were part of a series in matching Amazon categories. It was clear that the author/designer had set out to ensure that readers would know the book was part of a series by making some elements of the covers thematic, such as fonts and colours. For example the two covers below are the first two books from Mo Hayder’s Jack Caffery Thriller series. They have different images to represent the contents of the books, yet the font size, colour and placement of the text all remain the same. White text is widely used, as is the font: League Gothic. I also noticed that an author’s name is placed at the top of a cover when they are well known, but for lesser known mortals like myself, the title takes precedence at the top and the author’s name is positioned at the bottom.
Finding a designer:
The above effort, which I cobbled together on Adobe Illustrator, clearly demonstrates the need to get a professional cover designer. Not that there’s anything wrong with doing a bit of brainstorming and getting a few ideas down on paper, but it was patently obvious to me that I needed professional help. (As far as the cover was concerned!) So I contacted The Cover Collection (http://www.thecovercollection.com) and they asked me a series of questions about the book’s genre, its tone, and if I’d seen any covers which I liked/disliked. With this information in mind, they created four draft covers in as many days.
Lauren (my designer) did an excellent job with the drafts. They exceeded all my expectations. The one I finally chose was the one that jumped out at me straight away. I believe it encapsulates what the story is about and is interesting to look at. I think it illustrates very well what Ben is walking into, and hopefully it will make people want to investigate what the book is all about.
Completed Cover for The Revelation Room:
The Cover Collection on Twitter: @DebbieTCC and @Lauren_TCC
5 Keys to Book Cover Success By Judy Probus (@JudyProbus)http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2014/08/judy-probus/
Why You Should Judge a Book By Its Cover by Nick Thacker (@nickthacker) http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2013/01/nick-thacker/
That’s all for now. As always, I welcome your comments and any advice you might want to share from your own experiences. Thanks so much for taking the time to read.
I have interviewed Edward Ebb, the fictional psychopath from The Revelation Room. You can find out more about him here.
All the best