EDIT – You can see the winning cover here as well as 50 of the entries and my reflections on the pretty punchy comments discussion that this post generated.
My first book, Moods of Future Joys, is still my best-selling and most popular book (currently averaging 5-stars on Amazon after 83 reviews).
My publisher, Eye Books, is about to re-launch the book, complete with a new epilogue and 8 pages of colour photographs to give it a new burst of life. I’m really pleased about this. But I am particularly pleased that they have agreed to let me invite readers of this blog to design the cover.
It would mean a lot to me if someone who enjoys my blog or books has the chance to get their design on the cover of my book. (Hopefully whoever wins will also want to do the front cover of Thunder and Sunshine in the coming months too.)
I hope this is an opportunity for someone to get their design work out onto an already-established and respected book. I’ll showcase your work on my blog too. Experience has shown me that this will almost certainly lead to future pieces of work for you. I’m not comfortable at all for asking people to do cheap work [EDIT: Can I redirect people to this follow-up post? http://www.alastairhumphreys.com/spec/], so please just ignore this if it’s not your thing. Please only get involved if it’s fun for you or if you think it will be worth your while!
But if you like the idea of coming up with something creative and fresh for the book, then please read on…
So here is the plan:
I’m inviting anyone to submit a design for the new cover of Moods of Future Joys.
The deadline for first draft submissions is the evening of Friday December 6th.
Short-listed entries will then be invited to respond to feedback from me and submit their final entry by the evening of Tuesday December 10th.
The winning cover design will go to print on December 11th.
It’s a really short window of time but I hope some of you might be inspired to give it a go!