I’ve been working on cover designs for Goblin Tales, my hopefully-soon-to-be-epublished collection of five goblin-related short stories. The cover art is by Daniel Ernle. He created this image for my German short fiction collection Der Goblin-Held, and I contacted him for permission to use it for Goblin Tales.
Some of the things I kept in mind while working on this:
- It’s important for the cover to work as a thumbnail, since e-book sales happen online.
- I want this to be recognizable as a goblin-related work (which is why I used a very similar font to what was used in the DAW editions of my goblin books).
- It has to capture the feel of the book/collection. (I really like the way Jig looks like he’s setting off on a journey, and his expression is almost inviting you to join him.)
This is what I’ve come up with so far. I’m not sure whether or not to keep the blurb from Publishers Weekly. I like both color choices for the title font (though my son and my wife have both voted for the blue). I zoomed in on Jig a bit more in the second image.
What do you think? You can click on the pics for a larger view.