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Monday, October 25, 2010

Help Me Choose a New Cover For Ashes to Water

Well, that's that. I totally sold out. I uploaded an eBook version of Ashes to Water on Amazon.

Come to think of it, "sold out" is optimistic. To my knowledge, I haven't sold anything yet. I blame the cover. I can't use the same cover as the hardback edition because my publisher owns that artwork. So imagine my delight when an old school friend (he's old, I'm not) volunteered his son to design a new cover for me, gratis. I smiled so big I almost creased my forehead. (Note to self: more Botox.)

James Giffiths, it turns out, is a very talented young man. If you need a cover design, I encourage you to contact him for a quote. (If you know his mom or dad, you may qualify for the Friend of the Family rate.) He's at I mean, look at these!

It took me a while to see to the face at the bottom of the second one. I really like it, and I really like that I didn't see it at first. But I thought the first design might read better. So I went back to him, and asked him to make the first design a "feminine" face. To my surprise, he said it was the same female face as in the landscape picture. He tweeked, and came up with this:

He included more options, variations on the theme:

Which one do you like? Here they are as they might appear online. You can identify them as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Pretty, pretty cool. Thank you, James. (And thank you, James' dad.)


  1. I think 2, 3, and 5 read best. He's good!

  2. The last 2 (landscape at top with and without face at bottom) are definitely my favorites. Glad you found such a good (and affordable!) designer to work with!

  3. I like #5. From some reason the face in #4 is distracting (to me).