PRELUDE – A New Cover Story

Prelude laserbeam full cover with spineOne  interesting thing about the original image for the cover is that there were two small disc-shaped elements hovering together near the planet’s surface.  As they were angled and aligned identically, and as each had a notable center, it strongly suggested something had passed through those centers – thus creating the effect.

This odd effect seemed a shame to waste, especially since my story does include the use of several forms of energy beam.  Suzanne Johnson*, who is not only patient (with my questions), but also immensely talented, came to my rescue with this (above) reiteration.

Unless some inspired publisher throws money at me and insists  on using their own cover art, I consider this a keeper.  So how does this grab you? I’d love to hear feedback.

*To see other of Suzanne’s work, her website is:


Prelude – The Cover Story

PRELUDE front cover
PRELUDE front cover

Anyone who has known me for  any length of time also knows that I can’t even draw a straight line. So my friends would all laugh if I told them I was designing a book cover for  my novel.  

Thus self-aware, I began exploring artistic software that would allow me to not embarrass myself.  One I saw recommended was CANVA, which I found relatively easy to use, but which probably takes much more time to master. It did, however, provide me  fast results.

PRELUDEbackaltThe artwork was free, from a large selection CANVA offered. I expect for a price an even greater  selection could be found at one’s fingertips.  Emboldened by this minor feat, I decided to post it to the SciFi and Fanstasy Group I follow on Facebook. As all aspiring authors do, I craved feedback.  What came next is why I love this wonderfully knit community of kindred spirits. Not only did I receive feedback, but one talented member of this community who does graphic art, Suzanne Johnson, was kind enough to offer a more professional rendering  of my original cover concept.  These first two images are from my original endeavors with CANVA.

Below are the re-imagined front and back pages done by Suzanne. The background images are sharper. The fonts are more stylized and jump out better. Plus she made my name bigger, which – aside from any ego thing – just looks better.

Prelude The Expanding Sea of Earth cover 1
I am several months away from publishing my novel in any form, as I would like to complete the patience-baiting query process first. However, it is very satisfying to have a cover concept already in hand – even if needs should change before that time. So I am very grateful for Suzanne’s generous effort. 

I can only hope readers will be as delighted with the pages in between the covers.
Prelude The Expanding Sea of Earth back cover 1
One other bright note to addressing the cover now is that I inadvertently wrote a simpler and – I think – more effective log line or summary of the story. This has always been tricky, for whenever you set one aside for a few weeks, you almost always think of another (better?) was of saying it. This latest blurb gives the basics of the plot, with only a hint of he hidden story, and without going into unneeded detail. That’s my hope, at least. We’ll see…

PS: Suzanne’s work can be viewed at: