Today we welcome Alison Chamberlain, cover designer for the Hourglass series by Myra McEntire. Alison Chamberlain is a book designer living in New York City but is constantly dreaming of living in about 50 other places.
Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of this post for a great giveaway I am hosting and for details on the Triple Threat Blog Tour grand prize giveaway!
Q: When first beginning your design process, do you read the manuscript for inspiration?
A: Oh, I definitely read the manuscript! Not only because I want to, but you need to look for anything visual in the book that may help spark an idea for the cover. Sometimes you’re looking for small details—like an object that plays a part in the story to feature on the cover—or sometimes you’re looking to establish the overall mood of the book so that you get the right atmosphere across on the cover. No matter how good an editor’s cover summary is (a written synopsis that you get with the rough draft of the manuscript) you always want to scour the real text to find those fine details yourself.
Q: How did you come up with the idea for the Infinityglass cover?
A: While establishing the look of the Hourglass series, I was struck by the mood of the novels and of course the time-travel element. I wanted to find an image that alluded to those two qualities and also looked timeless. Considering the different eras the characters travel to, I wanted the cover to look like all of them combined and have a hint of beautiful magic. The photographer we ended up using for all three books was someone I had my eye on for a while, and she was really into using her images for the books. She likes to tell stories with her own photographs, so it was a great fit.
Q: When designing your covers, where do you get your inspiration from?
A: For me, inspiration comes from everywhere. I look at a lot of art, all kinds. From art galleries in Chelsea and Brooklyn to a million photographers and designers online, all the time. And, of course, I love to keep up with my fellow designers and what’s being done on other book covers. I think when I read a story or a book, I am always subconsciously drawing from the catalog of images floating around in my brain and then trying to use them to create the perfect commercial book cover.
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6 Book Grand Prize Giveaway
* Collect all 15 pieces to reveal the cover of Infinityglass by Myra McEntire (pubbing in July)
* Submit the assembled cover via the following link by no later than 2/12 at 10pm ET. You will be entered to win the 6 book Grand Prize Giveaway of: Jennifer Lynn Barnes‘ Nobody and Every Other Day, Kate Ellison’s Butterfly Clues and Notes from Ghost Town and Myra McEntire’s Hourglass and Timepiece.
* The puzzle can either be assembled electronically or a picture of the assembled printed pieces is also acceptable
* The winner and completed cover will be posted on Myra McEntire’s blog on 2/13.
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