My top-notch cover designer Christopher Lucania has created four options for my book, three smelling of the book’s content, and one an atrocity cooked up with our friend Dan.
The first and the one I think I will definitely go with is the above. Love the red splash – blood is all over the book – and the gun lets you know that the main characters need one, or want one. Owning a gun forces choices that may not otherwise be made.
The second option, we both agree, is probably an overused image on book covers, but I still love it. Reminds me a little of Karin Fossum’s Black Seconds. Chris’ image needs closer examination: look at the lamp post’s shadow. It’s not quite straight. There might just be someone on the other side. I like a slow reveal, where a picture tells you something a little different on the second view. I was close to using this one, but I don’t think it has the same impact in thumbnail size.
The third option evokes one of the book’s scenes in a cracking way. The idyllic woods look serene, the shadows coming from sunshine Sheffield all too rarely sees. What a perfect day. Well, almost.
As much as I like it, the setting and the man’s shadow make it look too much like a horror book.
And so the first option will be the book cover for Over the Shoulder (released on Kindle in August, and other formats later in the year).
I may have made the wrong choice. The fourth option:
What do you think of the covers? What do readers look for in a book cover, and does it matter?