Blog Exclusive: Advance preview of new Firebird cover…

After some significant assistance from a couple of fellow Goodreads authors (on one of the many useful Goodreads forums) and a week of tinkering and self education (including random periods of loud profanity), I think I’ve cracked it…

I had in mind, for the cover of Firebird, a single hand-made metallic medallion…

Sadly, during publication, I had no idea how I might produce such a picture and hence I had to go with the 2D image used on Editions 1 and 2.  But now, I think, I’ve got it sussed…

The various pieces of production work associated with publishing a novel have proved a huge learning curve for me, even compared to the writing itself.  But, because I’m a bit OCD, I write down what I do for future reference and have decided that I might as well make some of my (written by an idiot) guides available on this site…  The first of these (producing a 2D cover) is also published today in the Rough Guides section (above).  I’ll add the journey to 3D in a little while (but need to get back to writing Thunder for the next few days)…

I’m planning a Third Edition release of Firebird for sometime in October.  There are no material changes to the story (except for correcting a couple of annoying minor typo’s that I found the other day) but I am going to change stress words from underline to italics and add a couple of “zoomed in” maps (having seen in A Game of Thrones how hard it is to use a standard Kindle sized one)…  I’m also updating (shortening) the blurb after some very useful author feedback and … to the point of this post… going to go with my new cover image…

Here’s an exclusive glimpse of what it’s likely to look like…

What do you think…?

FIREBIRD - 3rd Edition Cover

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Writing to amuse myself and entertain others. (https://anthonybellaleigh.wordpress.com)

Posted on September 19, 2011, in Books, Firebird, Previews, Writing and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Hey Anthony, like the new design. Though the basic design sort of reminds me of the logo for Russian Standard vodka. The new one is certainly more stylish :)

    David

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    • Thanks David… :-) I just had a look at the Russian Standard logo (very nice)… Maybe I’ve been testing out their product too often…? Or, maybe, it’s a good suggestion to reach for a bottle before reading…?!

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  2. Anthony, I like the latest cover best, though the first one was OK as well. Even so, with the medallion present, it makes even the bird stand out.

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  3. Glad you have had some good help with getting your book ready. That certainly makes things go smoother. Love the cover. I think it looks good!

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