This is a series set of covers for Melange Books. They asked me to redo the current set, so this is what we came up with. My goal was that each would have a coherent feeling of being part of a series, while also setting the mood. In order to do that, I used the same font and relative placement for the title and author name. I also framed the images with the same leaf texture, and had the faces at the same general placement and size. Something to consider whenever creating a series of covers is how to keep them consistent. 🙂
Stock images from Dreamstime.
This is the cover for Unfinished Business, from Melange Books.
For this one, the cover turned out to be relatively simple to do. It’s a suspense/thriller. For this, since it is supposed to have a noir feel to it, I used a dark blue primary color, as well as a grunge tinge. Originally there was a thumbtack on Paris (in the stock photo), but at the request of the author, I placed a syringe over Marseilles, where part of the story takes place. I also looked for French coins as part of the cover texture.
The point of doing this is to give readers a sense of what the story is about, and small nuances can make a world of difference in how a cover looks, and whether or not it is picked up by readers. Not only that, but if it’s picked up by the right readers. A cover can get a lot of attention, but if your cover looks like a paranormal romance, and the book is hard-sci, it’s not going to get the correct attention, and may even get negative reviews because the readers didn’t get what they expected.
Something to keep in mind when creating concepts for book covers. 🙂