Book Cover…now I just need a book
My friend Joe over at his site, The Crossover Test, http://thecrossovertest.com/ started a discussion about book covers. His first novel, The Crossover Test was completed about a year ago. I guess he has been having second thoughts about the cover he chose. For the record, I don’t have a problem with it. But because he asked for ideas, I sent him a picture of what I envisioned when I read his book. He is a very nice guy and would never tell me that the idea was horrible. But that got me thinking about my book cover.
I am not a flashy kind of guy. I prefer more basic designs and I spent the better part of the Sunday and Monday working on something. My other problem is that I am not very smart about computers so what would take an expert, 30 minutes took me 30 hours. Something complex would take me forever to create. As you can see it is not flashy.
I chose black as the background because in the world of the SOG, they live in the shadows and hunt in the night. They are a secret group and as such their existence is darkness.
At first I wanted red words, because red and black are the colors of the Arkansas State Red Wolves. It looked good but I didnt like what the red represented. So I changed it to white. White represents purity, cleanness, honor, safety, comfort, protection, and peace.
Together the black and white represent how the SOG views the world. There are only two ways to live in the world. Rightly and wrongly.
The target in the SOG represents watchfulness and illustrates a military skill set. They are the shepherds watching over the sheep and targeting the wolves.
The bullet holes in the upper right corner represent ability, cohesion, marksmanship, and ultimately the team. In terms of sheep, they are protected when they are together. The tighter the group the more protected they are.
The lone bullet hole at the bottom left represents Eddie. A lost shot who is alone in the world. A sheep that is lost, and in danger of being attacked by the wolves.
All comments are welcome, Thanks for all the support!