Friday, January 25, 2013

The Evolution of a Book: Title and Cover. Guest Post with Author Larry Kollar

When The Crossover launches on Wednesday, you might not realize that the late-January release involved a lot of November and early-December banging of heads on desks, nightly IM sessions across three time zones going past 1 a.m. (at least in the EST), emails and Dropbox drops. It wouldn’t be too far off to say that there was more pain and suffering over the front of the book than doing the rest of it.

Those of you who follow my Writing Wibbles column might remember that The Crossover was originally called Chasing a Rainbow. Angela Kulig suggested that I search that title on Goodreads. There are hundreds of books with that title, or a really close variant, so we embarked on the first head-desking exercise: coming up with a better title, or at least one that wasn’t already used far too often. The word “Rainbow” was out, it just didn’t ring well. Coming up with a cover became a side project, but one that continued to nag at us. Finally, one night, we were IMing. Angela said “crossing something,” and the title came to me in a flash.

But that was only the beginning.

With the title out of the way, we turned to trying to come up with a book cover. Angela got to where she started dreaming about the cover and the difficulty she was having, finding something suitable. One night, she suggested we find a rainbow photo, monochrome-ify it, and go from there. I was on vacation at this particular time, and it’s a good thing the cottages had wifi. I found a shot on Wikimedia Commons, and I cropped out a piece and started working with it.

We went through several iterations, with different comments each time:


“We need a different title font.”

“Not that font.”

I learned a lot from this exercise. One thing I learned was how to bang my head on the table at 1 a.m. without waking up everyone else. But it was a good exercise. I learned a ton and a half about titling placement, and what works as cover art. Finally, I heard:

“I think we need a different picture.”

So Angela went out and found one. I wasn’t sure at the very first, but the more I looked at it, the more it grew on me. To me, it harkens back to the abstract fantasy covers of the 1970s.

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Kai Strand, Author said...

I love to hear the story behind the story! Thanks for sharing. Great cover!

Paige Kellerman said...

Starting the self-publishing journey, I'm fascinated by all things having to do with covers and title placement. Thanks for the post. Looking forward to reading the book!

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Banging heads on desks/tables cannot be a good habit, especially if you want to keep important cranial parts in place and your mental processes functioning normally. Have you tried taking short breaks, or exercising instead? Maybe yoga ?

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D.M. SOLIS said...

So GOOD to see the process like this. Very much appreciate the behind the scenes look. Peace and all good things for you in writing and in life.


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Thanks guys!

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