So, did something a little bit wild, a little bit cray-cray last night.
Minds out of the gutter people, minds OUT of the gutter. Thankfully the days of that kind of behaviour are ancient history, lost in the shadows of the nineties. Blessedly before the time of camera phones and social media.
(You may remember Rejoicey the Squirrel from my Blog post – Step Away from the Keyboard. This little red bundle of nut-seeking happiness needs to be in my life on a regular basis.)
I digress, I do that.
So, weird night thingy that I did. Hold onto your butts people- I booked a cover designer.
Like, for a book. For my book. Cause I’m going to self-publish and stuff.
Settle down, everyone just settle down. This crowd of one is getting way out of hand, don’t make me set Rejoicey the Squirrel on you….
I couldn’t hold him back. Sorry.
Look, at some point, no doubt, the time will come for me to break the internet with book sales. The time will come for endless queues to form at the one remaining book store on Earth when I do book signings in a years time. But this is not that time. THIS is about book covers. And how insanely talented some people are and how insanely jealous I am of that talent.
Artists, man. Artists. The ones who draw stuff. Design stuff.
They say not to judge a book by its cover, they also say that more than two glasses of wine a night is harmful. My liver begs to disagree and it will do so once it gets out of rehab. I am a sucker for a beautiful book cover. My little radar of book-cover-awesomeness will spot a thing of beauty a mile off and woe betide any poor unfortunate who is crouched in that aisle attempting to read an entire book without having to pay for it. Woe betide them.
(Those two words shall join my list of things-that-must-be-said-everyday.)
They would do well not to get between me and my pretty. So much pretty.
Now I’m going to restrict my show-and-tell to YA book covers cause that’s what I’m writing. Did I tell you I’m releasing a book this year? No? How remiss of me.
Feast your eyes on a mere morsel of what is out there-
Personally I don’t love seeing actual humans on covers, but if I don’t get to wear a dress like this one, just once, preferably with some hot guy trying to stop me falling to my inevitable doom, then what the hell is the point, people?
And look at all this swirly, twirly amazing drawing stuff. Who can do that? What fresh fucking sorcery is this? These people are witches. Burn them. It ain’t natural folks.
Armed with only my dreams and Hubster’s credit card, I started scrolling through the interwebs looking for cover designers and illustrators. It gave me a little eye stroke. Had to have a little lie down and fan myself against the onslaught of talent-I-shall-never-have.
Case in point, these guys from Adelaide – http://achristouillustration.com/
And this guy from Perth, WA –http://www.austenmengler.com/
INSANE. All the stickmen I’ve ever drawn are currently throwing themselves off the pages I fist-drew them onto when I was five, falling to their crayon-shaded deaths.
Of course, it ain’t all peaches and cream out there.
And of course, it doesn’t mean that her Universe isn’t a totally awesome thing and we shouldn’t all own flat-headed cats who desperately need dental appointments, but I’m not really inclined to find out. I don’t want to reach for her golden, golden face and hold her universe against me. Okay, before anyone points it out, this is really just a comment on my own shallowness, as this author James Schmitz got enough short stories published to paper the entire exterior of my house. He got nominated for a Hugo. The dude knew what he was doing when it came to writing. And this cover is probably old enough to be my book-grandma. But aren’t all humans a little shallow when it comes to shiny things? We’re visual beings. Easily mesmerised by sparkly.
Writing, good writing, is the jaws of an Angler fish. Cover art is the little dangly, light bulb. I am Dory.
So now, as I sit with a ‘design brief’ questionaire glaring its blank spaces at me, demanding to know what I want from my cover, what themes, what colours, what crowd-pleasing awesomeness I want to portray about my book, I am quietly shitting myself.
And find my inner artist….the drawing/designing artist….the one responsible for the graveyard full of stickmen….and give the real experts something to work with.
These are the poor suckers who must try to draw meaning from my ramblings, literally.
They did this little gem for a fellow Melbourne author, who wrote a novella you should all read. Cause I said so.
Good luck Deranged Doctors – God have mercy on you witchy souls.