Each week one of the members of The Indie Exchange will be showcasing one of their covers and telling us the story behind it.
This week’s featured cover is from Scribbling by Jonathan Gould.
Jonathan Gould says:
“I’m extremely excited to have released my new Novella, Scribbling. As the sequel (of sorts) to Doodling, it means I officially now have a series – the strange and unexpected adventures of Neville Lansdowne . When thinking about the design for the new cover, I wanted to make that very clear.
The ideas that went into the design of the cover for Scribbling were very much about:
- Branding – using the same visual devices used for the Doodling cover to make it clear the two were closely connected.
- Giving a unique sense of what Scribbling was about.
I’m really lucky to have a great cover designer – the amazingly talented Lliam Amor (he’s also an actor, and a TV show he co-created is about to go to air here in Australia) who really gets what I do. He did a great job on the Doodling cover and I was sure he’d know what to do for this one too.
And he did. The important branding elements are definitely in place. The basic colour scheme. The neon style title that seems to glow on the page as if it’s electric. The general sense that there are “out of this world” elements involved in the plot. It’s different in just the right way, and also bright and eye-catching, just like I wanted it to be.
While sticking closely to the basic elements from Doodling, he’s also managed to create something quite unique, that works just for this story. The cover for Doodling featured lots of asteroids, because the story is set in an asteroid field.Scribbling is very much about our world, so that’s the focus of the design. But it’s not any sort of a world. It’s a world that’s been squashed and flattened into totally the wrong shape, because that’s what happens in the story. Neville goes and pushes the world out of shape, and as a result all sorts of strange things occur.
Now this book is out, I can’t wait to get moving with Neville’s next adventure. And I can’t wait to see what the cover of that one will look like too. But I know for sure that it will be great.”
Neville Lansdowne pushed the world out of shape.
He didn’t mean to do it. He didn’t even realise he had done it. If you had asked him, he would have said that, as far as he could tell, the world was the wrong shape to begin with.
In a world that is totally the wrong shape, Neville meets a new bunch of eccentric characters, and embarks on another strange and wholly unexpected adventure.
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