It is finally here! The new cover for The Range is finished.
Before I get going I want to thank the amazingly talented artist, Jamie Noble Frier, who brought this to life. In summer 2015 I sketched a very crude drawing whilst sat on a beach of what I realised I wanted the cover to look like.
The previous cover had been created by Christina Deubel, a wonderful artist indeed, and a fabulous piece of art. She’s amazing, so do check out her work.
Both are stunning, though the new cover captures the essence of book and a pivotal scene crafted by Jamie from my really bad sketch.
The Noble Artist
If you’re quick enough, and click this link – The Noble Artist – you’ll see Jamie is currently featuring the artwork for The Range on his website.
If you’re looking for a book cover, or even to commission a piece of art, then go and check him out. His style is varied and the attention to detail is remarkable.
I’ll be doing another piece on Jamie in the near future where I’ll be asking him about his art and creative process.
The New Cover!
As the author I guess I’m biased, but holy shitballs that’s a damn good cover!
To give you an idea of how far it’s come from concept to finished piece, take a look at them side by side.
Just to clarify, the one on the left is my mess of scribble, and the beautifully frightening one by Jamie is on the right.
As the author (you know, the one who does all the words) I find it hard to describe how happy I am with the new cover. Jamie has a gift and no mistake. He kept me up to date with his progress sending me work in progress images as the piece evolved.
He’s a great listener too, tweaking and adjusting bits and pieces after my suggestions or ideas. When I saw his initial rough sketch of what would become the final piece I just stared it and thought “Yes! That’s what I want!” I was amazed at how he had taken my pencil nonsense and an extract from my book and crafted something that linked directly to the scene I had imagined.
It’s scary how it matches what I pictured when I wrote that scene.
It’s the little details I like. The drool was an excellent surprise. The arrows too, shot by Pin into the crowds of infected. And the lighting. Oh man. That’s what caught my attention when first looking at Jamie’s website. He does light really well.
It sure does capture that raw chaotic essence, one of a pitched battle where all hope has been shattered beyond repair.
And it’s not just the front cover for ebook sales! Jamie worked on the spine and rear covers too for the print version. I can’t wait to get a new copy in the post.
With this cover finished I feel I can continue on with the second book, The Holt, which had kinda ground to a halt recently. Not through lack of trying, but I’ve had lots of other stuff to do lately and finding time to sit and write has been tricky.
So What’s Next?
I’ve got a number of posts around The Range – interview with Jamie, a new piece on my fundraising for the Kili expedition in Jan next year, training and stuff, and some more information on how I’m donating all sales of my book between now and January 2017 to the ZSEA Zoological Society of East Anglia.
I’ve got my new boots too!
They’re wonderfully comfy.
Now I’m happy (grinning like a loon in all honesty) with the cover I’ll be doing some promotional stuff to drum up sales, an area I’ve put zero time or money into since the launch back in December 2014. Despite that I have had some good reviews on Amazon so far.
So there are lots of fun things to come, dear blog reader, and with any luck The Holt will be launched by the end of the year!
Today I am a happy fella!
What’s just as amazing is that the Force Awakens come out on Monday!
Interesting times indeed!