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Choosing a cover artist

I knew when I was writing “The Ghosts of Springhollow” that I needed to hire someone to do the cover. I wanted something neat and cool. I didn’t want the “ready-made” covers you get on Fivver. I wanted my characters.

Then, a friend of mine showed her daughter’s artwork that was on display. Bingo! I asked her if “The Kid” (as I call her) would be interested in doing the artwork for my book cover. She agreed to. I was happy as a lark.

The odd thing is that I had full and total confidence in “The Kid” doing an outstanding job. Odd, because she’s a teenager. Odd, because I remember when she was in a stroller. It would also be her first cover. But I knew she would be brilliant at it.

I told her what I was looking for. Stuff about the characters. What I had in mind for the cover.  A sample of the manuscript. And told her to play with it and see what she could come up with. What she created was way over the top better than anything that came to my mind. And this is the awesome cover she came up with!

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I turned it into wallpaper, so it’s a little darker than reality.

I love that she got the tin foil on the bike helmets and the rubbish bin lids. At first, I wondered about the handle being on the outside, but if it wasn’t, you wouldn’t know they were lids, so that worked out cool. I also love that she put in hints to come, and Turd in the background. And of course, there are the steampunk goggles! Love it!!!

Once we’ve got the fonts fine-tuned I’ll post the full cover.  🙂  In the meantime, May 24th the book will be available on Kindle. Not sure when the paperback version will be out. It depends on how long it takes me to format it. But it will be coming!  🙂