By: Christopher Cook
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Cover design and eBook conversion, 2011. Robbers – Special Edition is a wild ride of a noir novel, with two n’er do well fugitives in a stolen caddy causing mayhem across Texas. The cover had to include one or more characters similar to those in the book and evoke the central “road trip” meme. It was a journey, but everything came together in the final cover.
This novel is a substantial work and had already been published in several languages. The bright, grungy yellow background of the cover ties this edition to several others and helped create layers suitable for type. The photo is a heavily edited stock image with added fog and some tight cropping to focus on just the important elements. I really like this cover and spent more time on it that I care to admit.
This book and others by the same author include excerpts of his books. Obviously, there’s a practical limit to how many excerpts can be included, but a preview of a related or new book can be a pleasant bonus for readers.