Sunday, 22 September 2013

Judging A Book By Its Cover (Part 2)

See no, hear no, speak no.


The original concept sketch and the finished cover for
'Be Careful What You Wish For'
A few months ago I updated the covers of the books in the 'How To Save The World' series and I explained the thought processes behind the cover to book one, 'How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy' in a previous post called 'Never Judge A Book By Its Cover?'.

Today I move onto the follow-up, 'How To Save The World: Part 2A - Be Careful What You Wish For' which also received an updated cover a few months ago.

An integral background theme running through the follow up book is the suspicion of a cover-up, so this time I decided to combine the concept of 'see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil' with the image of the world, so that the world loosely appears to have a human face. 
Hopefully the finished cover offers just enough clues to get people asking questions and wondering what the book is about, which is what you ideally want from a book cover.

As with the updated cover to book one, I once again produced the updated cover to 'Be Careful What You Wish For' using Gimp, and if any other authors are at the stage where they need to produce a book cover of their own then I would definitely recommend giving Gimp a try.  It's a free photo manipulation app and although all the menus can be a bit confusing at first, once you know what you're doing it's an excellent app for editing photos.

Some of the photos I used when creating the cover to
'Be Careful What You Wish For'.
As was the case with book one, at the time when I published 'Be Careful What You Wish For' on Amazon, I was once again away backpacking around the world*, so the concept sketch was initally used as the actual cover.  I then updated it once I came to the end of my backpacking trip and was able to return home and work on a more professional looking cover.

* I go backpacking a lot.

Anyway, I'm pleased with the overall results and I've therefore continued the 'world' theme for the final four books in the 'How To Save The World' series, i.e. parts 2B, 3A, 3B and 3C.  I'll probably go into the concepts for these book covers in a follow up post at some point in the future.

You can find my original post on the cover to book one at the following link:
Never Judge A Book By Its Cover?

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The very first concept sketch for
'Be Careful What You Wish For'.
'How To Save The World: Part 2A - Be Careful What You Wish For' by Charles Fudgemuffin is available for Kindle from Amazon:

UK:  How To Save The World: Part 2A - Be Careful What You Wish For
US:  How To Save The World: Part 2A - Be Careful What You Wish For

It's the second book in the series though, so I would recommend starting with the first book, 'How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy' as it generally makes more sense to start reading a story from the beginning:

How To Save The World: Part 1 - An Alien Comedy


As with most Kindle books, you can also download a free sample of the first few chapters.  Please note, however, that the 'How To Save The World' books are suitable for ages 18+ and are not recommended for prudes or squares.

2 comments:

  1. Can I get first free copy of this Book ...Where ??

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  2. The first book in the 'How To Save The World' series is occasionally free on selected dates. Check out the following link for further details:

    Free book on selected dates

    The other five books in the series (including 'How To Save The World: Part 2A - Be Careful What You Wish For' discussed above) aren't available for free, but they are priced quite reasonably at under £2/$3.

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About The Author

The 'How To Save The World' books
by Charles Fudgemuffin
Charles Fudgemuffin is the author of the alien comedy 'How To Save The World' books which are available for Kindle from Amazon.  The first book in the series is available from the following link:
How To Save The World: An Alien Comedy

As with all Kindle books, you can also download a free sample of the first few chapters.

Please note, the 'How To Save The World' books contain material suitable for ages 18+ and are not recommended for prudes or squares.