Secrets Abound in Missing Lake
Marketing assets and book cover
I'm so happy with the way this cover turned out. Tanya Fyfe was an absolute delight to work with through both titles. For this title we really wanted to show that Luke was a bit closer with both dragons and had developed quite a friendship with them. Through the book we find Luke going through all sorts of growing pains but it seems in the cave is where he feels most comfortable. So my two main concepts featured Luke with the dragons!
The main question here was, is the book mainly about Luke, or mainly about the future baby dragons? Our answer is kinda both. but the story really hinges on Luke and his day to day life. dealing with school in the day and dragons after school. so we chose to got with the concept on the left as the cover centers around Luke.
Facebook Headers and Profile
When illustrating a cover for a book I usually like to include some branding material to enhance sales. this usually only takes a few more hours and is super valuable to the client. Adding more possibilities to see the art allows for more opportunities for a reader to pick it up. and a consistent look throughout social media and webpage will also encourage trust in the books brand.
The first book we worked on together, Tanya just couldnt leave an extra concept on the table. She asked if it was possible to get the other cover concept printed in black and white on the interior page of the book. of course I said yes, and now we do an extra illustration with every book to stand as our page for signatures!
You will notice we switched from throwing a stick to throwing a ball. Aesthetically I would say this works better with the stick, but Tanya had a really good point. I guess this is well known to vets and vet techs, but dogs can actually get slivers from fetching sticks. Luke works very closely with his step mom in the clinic, So this is actually something he would be well aware of. I love when my clients know the details. It's always rewarding to make something that is completely tailored to the story.