I described my two newbie cover design mistakes in my previous post: genre-specific features and trilogy consistency. So let’s move on. Spoiler warning, more confessions…
I found the original “Janus Challenge” cover conveyed an optimistic wistfulness as the ship headed for the wormhole. I loved it.
BUT… as with everything you love (chocolate, sleeping late on weekdays, vacations…), there’s always a reckoning (weight gain, unemployment, the dreaded return to work…)
The ship’s metal-gray hull was not very clear against the glowing white of the wormhole, particularly in thumbnail size. So we fixed it while incorporating it into the new trilogy-cover-consistency.
I think the new cover instills more of the dread that the long-haul crew would feel while foreshadowing the violent events of the story.
I hope you like it (comments are welcomed below).
So Where Have I Been?
It’s been a hectic first half of the year. Lots of travel to the UK for family issues and the British Science Fiction Convention in Birmingham (England); heavy writing on the final novel in the Janus Paradisi trilogy (“Janus Arrival“, due out in Autumn, 2017); slow but steady progress on a couple of other writing projects I’ll talk about later…
Most recently, I’ve been working on the redesign of the trilogy book covers and building a series of book promotions with various specialist companies. I needed the new covers for those promotions, of course.
So my blogging has been… absent. (But I prefer to blog about “something” rather than just sending out any old waffle every week.)
Meanwhile, happy reading!