Greetings, Reader Friends! This is David Telbat. A question has been asked: “How does David approach the cover design of his books?” My manager and primary editor, Dee, is probably the one who should answer this question for you, but I’ll give you some generalities.
Thank you for the occasional compliments on cover design, but I’m mostly responsible for writing the novel itself. Your compliments about covers lets Dee know she’s doing a great job communicating with our graphic designer. And Glendon of Streetlight Graphics has become our number-one-man. Check out their portfolio here.
Our Cover Design Process
Months (sometimes years) in advance of a book hitting the virtual shelves—when Dee gets wind of a novel I’m working on—she sends me a full-page checklist for that manuscript. Two of the items on this checklist I need to create for her:
First, is to produce a short summary of the novel that the professional cover design artist can use for a good idea of what the story is about.
Second, is to list or draw a sketch of potential scenes I have in mind for the cover. Sometimes my wild sketches include a full cover layout, and maybe even have cutouts from a magazine. And often, we don’t even use any of my ideas but they still give the artist a mental picture.
With a series, like The COIL Series, we stick to a general format and theme, which you notice when looking at all of them together. We have rules and standards for the covers, not only for my writing, which has no sex, bad language, or gore. Cover standards include things like not showing guns, because we don’t want to send the wrong message—that Christians should condone violence as the answer instead of trusting God.
As time has passed, I’ve backed away a little more from the cover design process because I’ve seen what the pros can produce without my involvement. I think The COIL Series covers are amazing, and I had very little to do with them. This has taught me to stick to writing, and trust the gifts of others for the visual effects.
I hope this gives you a glimpse into what you see on the covers of my novels. If you have other questions about my books or writing, please send them to us.
See you on the next page!
NOTE: Thanks to Victoria for her kind review on Dark Edge. And thanks to Susan, Maria, and Denny for sending your comments for David. He reads them all.