But I tend to be really, really minimal, especially because I don't *really* care whether people buy them or not. And sometimes that works, such as:
Other times, not so much:
The cover that people give me the most compliments on is the one I had Dave Krumanacher do for "Birth of a Sidekick." I asked him to do a follow-up for the sequel, but I haven't got one yet. It's really good:
Yeah, it looks a little bit weird, and kind of shitty, but with a green font and bigger text, I would've been fine to publish it like that (still could).
But then I found out that Austin at work is an artist, and a really fine one, and asked him if he would do me a drawing of three buttes, and a bunch of skulls or bones in the bottom right corner. I did a sketch showing exactly what I wanted, but never ended up giving it to him (as he had started right away, just based on what I told him). Almost immediately, he sent me this pencil drawing:
Sure enough, on Friday, he sent me this:
He told me he knew it wasn't exactly what I had asked for, and if I wanted, he could work on it some more. Or I could just not use it and he'd do better next time.
I quickly stuck a title on there, and ended up with:
Although it's exactly what I intended to create, even I admit that came out a bit lamer. Is it that "Into" seems bigger than "the furnace?" Is it the white outline on my name and the black outline on the title? IS it the green? I dunno, except that something was off on it, and though I had planned on publishing the book with the above as the cover, I decided to give it a day and see if I couldn't come up with something better.
Big has access to a lot more fonts than I do, and he seems to have a good eye for balance and design, so I asked him to do me one that was in a Western font and one that was in a Fantasy font (since the book's a bit of both).
Here was the first:
They both look better than mine, but he also included a couple of other takes (nine total), including one that I liked a lot that I called more of a Horror version. I was sort of torn between using the Western one and the Horror one, but thought I'd let the kids on Facebook decide. So, I created this image:
I told them to vote for their pick, and started on this blog post. Now I've reached this point (in the spirit of full disclosure, I also called Big on the phone and played Plants Versus Zombies), and Option C received seventeen votes, while A and B each received two.*
One friend suggested I slide my first name over to the left, and I made a little alteration to the image, leaving this the final cover:
Guess I ought to publish it now.
Rish "Re-covered" Outfield
I won't always go this all out, though, I recognize that. How's this for irony?
*After posting this, they continued to get votes. It was actually an amazing turnout for a Facebook question, but I had already made my decision by that point (and the votes just confirmed the results from the middle of the night).