Friday, September 16, 2011

Fiction Friday: Finding Fiona Book Cover

I skipped this last week because I had family visiting, and I forgot to schedule a post in advance. But it's back now! Today, I'll show you the evolution of the Finding Fiona book cover. I previously posted this on my website, so it's not extremely new. Next week it will be though :)

 I'd like to start off by saying I have nearly 28 images I saved for possible book covers for Finding Fiona. My husband probably has 5-10. I'm showing you just a few. First, I requested one from the lovely Fena Lee. I wanted to see what she came up with, and I assured her that if I used the cover for my ebook, I'd compensate her. She made me this:

Now, I really liked the picture (found here), but to me, this didn't really say "Science Fiction/Adventure." It seemed more literary to me. My husband took the picture and made this cover:

But we essentially had the same problem. It didn't fit with the genre. Some people on Critique Circle forums suggest a superimposed face. They liked the fire image, but it needed more. I played around with some models (found the stock photo on deviantart):

To a few people, the model seemed too complacent, not like she was a character in a story where her life is in danger. So, I found a new model from a stock photo I downloaded from The model looked a bit older, but when combined with the fire, she had the appearance of looking younger.

 I really liked this model, but I also loved, loved, loved the book cover for The Venom of Vipers by K.C. May. I wanted the full face on the book cover. Well, I tried a few times to get the face to look good with the fire, but I finally handed it over to my husband and told him what I wanted. He flexed his mad skills with Photoshop, and gave me this gem:


 Now, he gave me another book cover that looked almost exactly the same, but I asked him to increase the contrast to make the colors more extreme. I considered having "Fiona" bold instead of "Finding", but "Finding" won. And now this is the official book cover! The only thing I might change: I may add a caption or a quote from a review along the top. That's how the cover for Finding Fiona developed. There were many more drafts, but these are the non-embarrassing ones ;)

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