Thogron Throatbiter acquires another fresh coat of green paint.
I usually pay other people to do my book covers these days. That’s probably for the best >:-)
In the very earliest days of Greyhart Press, when it only sold short stories, I wanted to first see whether the eBooks might generate enough sales before paying for professional artwork. When I first thought of publishing eBooks, I looked at the kind of covers other authors and small publishers were using for short stories at the time… they weren’t good, that’s for sure.
Anyway, that proved a false economy and the level of professionalism for cover art has rocketed since early last year. The level of editing and formatting quality has risen too, though not as fast. We are in a peculiar, and (I’m sure) temporary situation where the more quality-conscious self- and small-publishers have artwork and copy-editing very nearly as good as major publishers (on average) and the internal formatting better than major publishers, especially backlist titles. Selling backlist as eBooks is compelling, but books scanned from printed books need tenacious copyediting, and those produced via print-ready PDFs need fully reformatting. It’s tempting to miss out these steps.
Not all publishers cut corners like this. In fact, in recent weeks I’ve been delighted to help do the formatting portion of the work to help an author begin to publish some of his backlist, a laborious process that began with scanning paperbacks.
But I digress.
Of my earlier attempts at artwork, my favourite was a hand-drawn starmap, complete with knowing sci-fi references and puns in the starnames. It took me hours. The is for The Meandering Mayhem of Thogron Throatbiter, which is a humorous short story. Kind of Brian Blessed meets Warhammer 40k, while dressed like Shrek (I did an interview about it here). The alien species who populate this story are a putrid green colour, so I went to town with garish colour in the cover. I still love it, but I think you have to have read the story to appreciate the cover. Since you need to like the cover to be interested in reading the story… well, you can see why it had to go.
So I made a new cover yesterday. I went for a stock image of a spaceship. A nice one, mind. And played around with colours to put the horrid greens and yellows in, though more subtly than before. I’ve relied upon the title to convey the sense of tongue-in-cheek humour.
Let me know what you think.
The Meandering Mayhem of Thogron Throatbiter is published by Greyhart Press, and is currently free pretty much everywhere, including the various Amazon sites. You can get a copy for yourself by following the ‘buy’ links on this page. You don’t even need an eReader, as Amazon provide a good Kindle reader application for PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone & Android.