Using Pinterest for Book Cover Design

zero-to-hero-badgeWhen Black Bed Sheet Books was designing the cover of As Above, So Below — my first novel, written with Brian Thomas — they asked if we had any ideas for the cover image.  Brian would love to have a Coop image, but I knew there was no way we could afford that.

So I turned to Pinterest (which I love) and quickly created a board of succubus and angel images to give Nick some idea of the sort of things I like. (If you’re viewing this on WordPress or LorenRhoads.com, you can see the pinboard below.  Apparently, it doesn’t show up on mobile devices or if you’re reading via email.)

I couldn’t find exactly the image I wanted — one of an angel holding a devil girl — but Nick was pretty much able to read my mind.  He came up with this:

1495971_10151836824387503_803458806_oI like that their pose is tender.  I like his big feathery wings and the shadows of her batwings.  I like that although she is naked (which she is on and off throughout the book), she’s turned enough to be slightly modest.  That fits the book perfectly.

We’re in the final editorial stages of the book now.  With any luck, it should be out by the end of the month.

About Loren Rhoads

I am the author of the essay collection Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel, co-author of the novel As Above, So Below, and editor of The Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two. In addition to blogging at CemeteryTravel.com, I blog about my morbid life at lorenrhoads.com.
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