My publisher and I went back and forth quite a bit, brainstorming ideas.
First of all, these are short stories. The covers do not need to be spectacular, detailed works of art. They do need to symbolize the story.
Secondly, this is a series. A new story comes out every full moon. There should be some unifying factor. We chose three things; the logo for The Cities of Luna, the window, and the foreground images as simple silhouettes.
Thirdly, this series is science fiction, but the core of each story might not be something that translates well into a sci-fi looking image. We’re going to have the same lunar view of Earth (from Apollo 11) outside the window for each cover. This is symbolic, as not every Loony has a view of the regolith, and especially not that particular view.
More of my writing time this week has been brainstorming promo and finalizing the details of this first release. We also finalized another, shorter story, Schrodinger’s Cookies, to go up on the blog as a freebie. This version of the cover is a quickie… I tossed the appropriate items together on a baby blanket, and snapped it with my cell phone. I think it turned out pretty good. We might not do ‘fancier’ covers for the stories that are only going to be freebies.
I have put in some writing time, even though most of my writerly-work was other stuff. I’ll put more in tonight.
1k a day is OK, 2k is a good day, more than that is great. I haven’t done as much writing, but I’m definitely making good, positive progress.
So… anyone have stories about adventures in cover design?