15 July, 2014

Cover Reveal

I am excited to be able to tell you that my debut novel The Art of Letting Go is going to be published on Monday (21st July)! As part of the fun surrounding that nerve-wracking event, I am now proud to be able to reveal the cover.

Here it is:




Do you like it? The aim was to go for something simple, perhaps stark. The novel is set almost entirely on a beach but it's not a "summer read" in the usual sense, so I didn't want it to be all ice-creams and tanned legs. The original design was a great concept, but I felt it lacked a certain little detail to make it unique. I was particularly keen for a kite to feature as that is a small but significant feature of the story.

I got my husband to knock-up a quick draft based on the original just to show my agent what I meant when I gave my feedback, and David liked it so much, Paul (the husband) ended up doing the final design in the end. This was great for me as I got to see every detail of spacing and font etc. We did go for something a bit fancier and bolder in the intermediate stage but  reverted to this simple design as it reflects the feel and tone of the book more. I love the feeling of the sand stretching away - of uncertainty about what lies beyond the horizon.

I hope it has inspired you to give my novel a go. Much more on where and when you get hold of it to come in a couple of days. Until then, if you don't know what it's about yet, then please check it out!

9 comments:

  1. I love it. Interestingly, ages ago when you were talking about covers I thought something with the beach and the kite would be good, and so exciting that Paul got to do the final design. Next week suddenly feels very close, all excitement in the Banks household?

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  2. I think it looks great; simple but effective. Congratulations - what a team you and your husband make! :o)

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  3. Love the cover - I'm getting Paul to do my next book!

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  4. Looks great! Well done Dubs! Looking forward to reading it! x

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  5. Thanks everyone. I'm so relieved people like it!It ended up being a bit of a joint effort between the original designers, Paul, my agent and me! Though my part mainly involved throwing my toys out of the pram because I wanted a kite and criticising the spacing of the words on the original!

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  6. I like the kite. And you're right, it doesn't feel like a warm fuzzy beach read. Sometimes simple is better.

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    1. I'm glad it works. I think I would've gone for something more elaborate so I'm glad to have people who know more to advise me as this fits the mood perfectly!

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  7. It's simple and stylish. Plus, it showcases the beach.

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    1. In those three respects then it fits the brief! Thank you.

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