Hi friends of Perfect Chaos! For the last few months I’ve been working hard on project managing all aspects of the creation and production of a new book. This will be my third book (or fourth if you count the eBook I released last year).
In this post I’m going to show you the finished cover art for the book, designed by a lovely chap who works for Bloomsbury Publishing but who fortunately takes on some freelance projects in his spare time.
I thought it might be interesting for you to see the process that we went through, from my original idea to the various concepts we discussed, and then finally the finished design.
So let’s start at the beginning, and I’ll walk you through how the process unfolded.
My Initial Idea
The main theme of the book is that the whole of existence is a grand performance orchestrated by God. With this very rough initial design, I wanted to communicate the fact that God is in control of all religions, as well as science. The football and goal are included because God is also in control of all the playful everyday aspects of existence.
My Designer’s Initial Idea
My designer came back to me with the following rather playful design. He felt the puzzle effect might work well with the ‘game’ idea. I liked it, but felt the design was a bit too ‘childish’ and asked if we could perhaps go for something that would feel more like an ‘adult’ book.
A More Adult Feel
My designer came back to me with this lovely design, and this is where the cover really started to take shape. I really liked the aged feel of the symbols, and the colours and simplicity really appealed to me.
The Cosmic Style
I decided upon a new subtitle, and suggested I might like to see some ideas that were a little more ‘cosmic’ in feel. My designer got back to me with this idea, which I thought was great, but it looked somehow too ‘new agey’ for me, and I felt it might appeal less to my target audience.
We’re Nearly There
When I saw this design I started to get very excited, because this is professional and slick, while also incorporating all of the elements from the other designs that I liked. I said I liked it, but that it would be nice if the design incorporated the aged symbols like on the white design above.
The Final Design
The finishing touch was to incorporate the aged feel of the symbols into the design I liked. It’s quite a subtle effect, but I think it will look good on the physical product, once the books have been printed. The cover is serious but also has a playful element, with the football providing a little humour alongside the gravitas of the religious and scientific symbols. Oh, and the all-important apostrophe is improved!
God’s Grand Game is tentatively scheduled for release in March 2019. To read the blurb for the book click here. I will keep you posted regarding the release date and where you will be able to buy the book, but if all goes to plan it will be available worldwide through Amazon and a range of other retailers, in paperback, hardback, and eBook formats. To be notified of all news related to this release, please subscribe to my email list.
Do you like the cover? Let me know in the comments below!