My editor is way faster than I thought, and she is sending chapter after chapter, and I can barely keep up correcting The Priest after her. The result is that I worked double the hours yesterday to edit the next novel in the Ginecean series, Pax in the Land of Women. The goal is to have a polished manuscript for my editor to work on. I am one of those persons who try to straighten up the house before the maid arrives. Or I would be, if I had a maid (wonderful concept), and if I took any care in straightening up anything (my excuse is that I have teenagers). But I digress…
Meanwhile, Sandro, my most talented friend, is still working on Priest’s art cover. After much deliberation the following examples were created:
I like the lateral title, it’s easy to read even when shrunk to thumbnail size. My name has a typo, and the font is too small. Nothing that can’t be fixed. The City of Men is big enough against the landscape, which I like a lot, but it gives the idea of a scifi novel (the pyramid creates a Stargate feeling). In the novel The City of Men looks like a mix between a gigantic Trullo, and the Sassi di Matera. Mauricio could benefit from a lower forehead, but again, easily fixed by a genius like Sandro.
Trulli di Albero Bello
Then, since Sandro doesn’t go to sleep, he produced more examples. None of them has the city, because he asked me to draw a sketch of what I meant:
I like the font in the last one, but there are several problems with the layout:
- my name should be all in caps
- the shadow over Mauricio’s head covers his eye
- the two shadows combined make the design busy
- Mauricio has definitely seen better days If I were the President’s daughter I wouldn’t want to run away with him… The half-moon crescent scar must go away!
Now it has become a game of find the difference:
and this is how it looks thumbnail size:
The half moon crescent scar is even more visible when shrunk, and my name is still too small to be read easily.
So, I took my Wacom and put it to good use to better communicate with Sandro:
Conclusions (for now)
We are pretty much deciding the sex of angels here, but I feel strongly about having the best cover I can get. And Sandro is an amazing artist, and will deliver perfection to me.