Hiyah everyone! Today's the fifth day for Hold Me Like A Breath blog tour and I'm so happy that we'll give you the cover evolution in this post because duh who can't appreciate such cover right? #covergasssm. Aside from the cover evolution there will be an excerpt and giveaway for everyone to see and join. Let me know your thoughts about the cover! :*
While I first saw a cover for Hold Me Like a Breath in March 2014, the cover as it exists now wasn’t finalized until late August – with some additional months dithering about taglines and cover copy.
In between March and August we went through dozens of covers. DOZENS. I don’t have ALL of them, but I have quite a few and I’ve divided them into eras so you can see all the different concepts and directions the fabulously talented (and fantastically patient) design team at Bloomsbury explored.
There was the era of the flower covers:
And all of these were gorgeous and fascinating... but didn’t really scream THIS story. If the sewing pins had been medical needles... maybe.
Next came the anatomical stage.
Where I pushed for an organ of any kind. I really loved designs that incorporated both organs AND flowers and was sending my editors tons of images like these:
The brilliant (and patient) design team, took my thoughts and responded with these:
And came up with THIS – which we ultimately decided wasn’t right. Adios organs.
Next came the dark days. I didn’t save any of the covers from this round. We tried lots of things. Exploding keys. Roots. Gates. More flowers.
Finally we arrived at the butterfly era.
I’ll admit to be skeptical at first when presented with this image.
But once the design team played around with the idea—it became less evaporating butterfly and more of a shattered effect, and I started to come around.
We added a gate as a nod to the way Penelope Landlow is captive inside her Family estate. Then we tried purple – as a nod to the main character’s bruises.
The purple looked a little too romantic and twee—not really the impact we wanted on our crime family, organ trafficking book. So we decided to go back to the butterfly’s original coloring, but amp the BLOOD effect involved in the shatter.
Add on the tagline, tweak the coloring of my name... And with that we finally arrived at our final cover!
Isn’t it gorgeous and a little bit creepy?!
And, seriously, I’m thinking the Bloomsbury design team deserves a metal and sainthood! <3
Hell yeah! I agree with you Tiffany, they really deserves a metal and sainthood. Do you know if they're accepting one cute-medium height girl for their design team?(hihi *wink*)