A LOVE STORY FOR A NATION is one of the favorite stories I’ve ever written. It, like a lot of my writings, started as a short play called “Almighty Might.” An audience member, who came to see a production of it, was greatly moved by its story – so much so that this audience member, who also happened to be an artist, drew an amazing picture of its story. I was blown away! I had the chance to meet the artist later that year. His name is Woon Bin Chang. A terrific guy. He was gracious enough to allow me to use his picture as the the book cover for my novel. I was thrilled.
But the picture posed some problems for the cover, and when the novel was published, I decided on another design by another talented graphic artist. I loved it, and I was very happy with the cover.
But three years on, I stumbled back upon this artwork and wondered if I could redesign it in order to give the novel a make-over and to show off this great piece of art which represented the story so very well.
And so I did.
I’ve decided to change the cover art for the novel. I’m very happy with it and I hope it inspires others to check out this moving story.
As always, your thoughts are welcome.
Here it is:
I’m happy to reveal the cover of my new novel. I have a book cover designer whom I’ve worked with on three of my novels and he gave me three different options to choose from. It wasn’t easy to decide as I liked all the different options, but in the end, this is the design that I choose.
I liked the simplicity, the barbed wire, the heart – it all resonates well with the story so I’m real happy with it. I would love to know what you think.
This novel will soon be going on Kindle Scout. If it is not chosen for publication, I will be publishing independently in July.
I really like this story, and I’ll be talking a lot about it in the coming months.
I’ve currently been writing various synopses and one liners which describe it, and I’ll post those soon as well. I always appreciate feedback.
But this is an important day for me. It tells me that my fourth novel is soon to be available. I can’t wait to see what people think about it.
And as always, I greatly appreciate the support.
I was working with my artist yesterday (it sounds like I have my personal, resident artist! Well, maybe I do!) on the final layout and design for my next novel, The Recluse Storyteller.
And can I just say, I hate fonts. They all look the same to me. I’ve already made font mistakes in my young Indie author career because I didn’t know any better. (but that’s for another post, depending on how vulnerable I want to be)
My artist has been pressing me to choose a font for the book title and my name. I kept telling her “I don’t know, you please choose!” But she kept pressuring me to choose. A designer friend told me to keep it simple for a title font and make sure it’s ‘sans’ – I do know what that means.
So, she showed me about 20 fonts and I kept saying, ‘yes’, ‘yes’, ‘that would work, ‘OK’. So finally, I think she got sick of me and went to the computer to pick it our herself. Something I really wanted her to do.
While she was doing that, I was looking on DAfont and I came across a couple that caught my eye. I was so proud of myself that I finally chose something. I took my ipad over to her and said what about this. She immediately said, “No!” Then I showed her the next one. Another emphatic “NO!”
I think she finally got the picture. Don’t ask me about fonts. Just please pick them for me.
I’ll take care of the wording.
An artist’s eye I do not have.