Who created the cover?
David Habben, of HABBENINK. He’s a professional artist and illustrator, and I have been a longtime fan of his. When it came time to do my cover, I knew I wanted him to do it.
How much input did you have?
As much as I wanted. He’s very flexible with input. However, I really love his work, so I didn’t want to be too overbearing with input because I wanted his natural style to shine through. I was able to request a few changes as the need arose, but for the most part I just sat back and let him do his magic.
What was the process to have the cover created?
I contacted David, asking if he could fit me into his schedule (he’s got a million projects and commissions going on at any given time). He said he could help me. I told him the budget I could work within, and he agreed that he could do it. I gave him a broad overview of the plot and protagonist, and I gave him 8-10 examples of cover styles I like (as a sort of inspiration for the style/themes I wanted). He gave me three concepts (very rough approximations of what the final product would be). We started refining one concept but eventually both agreed that it wasn’t working. Then we refined another one of the concepts to completion. Once the cover was mostly realized, I showed it to some trusted friends to get feedback. I requested one final revision to make some (small) tweaks, and then David created the final covers. I asked for three different sizes (based on the varying requirements of ebook retailers), all in a 1.6 ratio.
Are you happy with the end result?
Absolutely! I’m tired of this trend of model photos cobbled together in Photoshop, so I deliberately went for some thing different and illustrative. I love David Habben’s work, so it was a given that I’d love the cover.
Is there anything you would change?
I still have a great internal debate about the title font. I really love the cramped, claustrophobic feel because it fits with some of the themes. However, multiple people say it’s a little unreadable because of it. There are times I agree and despair a little, and then there are times that I disagree completely and say forget the naysayers, it’s awesome.
What do you think the cover says about your book?
It communicates the anxiety and exhaustion of the protagonist, and it also hints at the futility of his quest. One of the things I like most is that it gives an instantaneous idea of the dilapidated state the protagonist (a robot) finds himself in at the beginning of the book. More importantly, The professional quality of the illustration says that I take the book seriously as an author, and it also indicates a certain level of quality and professionalism to the reader and potential buyer. That was the biggest consideration in paying for a cover. Consumers really do judge a book by its cover, so having a great one that looks professional is a huge boost to first impressions.
Published by Self published on Jul 2, 2013
Genres: Adult, Science Fiction
Find the book: Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads
Tuck is on his last legs, literally. He is the last functioning bot in the galaxy, a broken machine that used to look like a man. Now he wanders between planets, searching for spare parts that can keep him running for a few more years. But he’s out of parts, and he’s nearly out of time.
He’s a valuable relic of a bygone era when bots were a luxury on Earth, back before they were hunted down and destroyed. More and more collectors want Tuck, damaged or not, as the centerpiece of their collections. They’ll do anything to get him, but Tuck will do anything to stay free and functional.
The truth is, Tuck is afraid to die.
He was originally programmed to value human life, even if they don’t value his, but he can’t ignore his own need to survive, at any cost. That’s why Tuck is haunted by memories of the sixteen people he has killed over the last 150 years.
After a particularly dangerous run-in with a collector, Tuck meets a mysterious man dressed in white who offers a solution. In exchange for some help in a less-than-legal business venture, he’ll give Tuck what he really wants: immortality. It’s a bad idea, and Tuck knows it, but he can’t ignore it.
Even if it means killing again.
My Thoughts: This is a cover that definitely stands out. It is crisp and clean with only a few colours that pop against the white background. It clearly says this is science fiction featuring a robot. It also seems to say the story is whimsical with a hint of humour. In an odd way, it reminds me of the Pixar movie Wall-E, even though the robot looks more like a zombie robot than anything, but the thought makes me want to pick up and read the book to see if the story is at all similar.
What do you think of the cover? Does it make you want to pick up the book?