The Dying Times Cover Finalized

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The Dying Times: Nadene’s Story has received its final cover design.  The only thing that will change at this point is if any further reviews come in that need to be added to the back cover.  I have included a 60%-size preview of the cover below.

It has been a long time in the making, but, finally, Nadene’s story shall be told to the world!  I am very pleased that I have made it this far, and it wasn’t as easy as people might think sometimes.  Writing the book seems to be the easiest part in retrospect; the cover design and now the selling (when it hits the shelves in November) are going to be monsters to conquer in their own respective rights.

I would like to thank everyone who has helped me in one way or another, be it from Dawn Mays, my good friend and proofreader, Sandra Heptinstall from Whispering Winds and Midwest for encouragement and guidance along the way, or from my personal friends, family, and even acquaintances who have in some small or large way helped me to bridge the gap from my dream to the reality:  seeing my own words printed behind a cover in the form of a real book and appreciated by those who read it.  What more could an author want?

It took several days to find the right mixture in the form of the final cover that you see to the right.  (Click to enlarge, it’s only the top half in the thumbnail.)  Finding a girl who matched Nadene’s description was no small task, but find her I did, and when I saw her, I knew right then and there that this was ‘Nadene’ from the story.

I had some gory concepts for the front cover, but those were laid aside in favor of something more tasteful, more fitting, and more appropriate to be displayed.  In essence, I didn’t want to be denied shelf space, digitally or otherwise, based on the fact that the cover was inappropriate for display.

So, I settled with the one that you see here.  Did I say ‘settled’?  I should say something more along the lines of “I was granted the wisdom and the skill to put together a cover that I was extremely pleased with.”  There, that’s better.  Sorry to offend, Naddy!

If you will turn your attention to Exhibit B (left), you will see a small thumbnail of the full wrap-around cover.  Basically, the cover is printed as one sheet, then folded to make the front cover, back cover, and the spine.  So, the sideways writing is the spine.  Anything to the right of that is the front cover, and anything to the left is the back cover.

Thanks for stopping by!  It is difficult to contain the excitement I feel at this moment.  It is a feeling that will continue to grow the closer to the release date, I’m sure.  Only two short months away now!  (I’d release earlier if most reviewers didn’t require truckloads of time to make a review!)

I hope that you have enjoyed looking at the covers as much as I have enjoyed making them!  If you would like to add me to Facebook, you can see the progression of covers from the beginning to the finalized version, plus all of the conversations and commentary that went into it.  My name is Brian Kittrell on Facebook!


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  1. Brian  September 6, 2010

    Working on the second cover. Whew, is that one a doozy!


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