30 Covers, 30 Days 2017: Day Twenty-Seven

Every November, during National Novel Writing Month, thirty professional designers volunteer to create book cover art inspired by novels being written by aspiring authors from around the globe. Why? To encourage new, diverse voices, and help build a more creative world.  

30 Covers, 30 Days is presented in partnership with designer and author Debbie Millman. Read more about these NaNoWriMo 2017 novels-in-progress, and the cover designers, below.

A Poor Excuse to Pick a Man’s Pocket

A Literary novel being written this November by NaNo participant Adam Burns  in the United Kingdom.

Christmas is a miserable season created by greedy tossers to fleece money off punters and keep their businesses in the black for another year.

At least, that’s the opinion of Ian Melham—the broke, homeless Father Christmas representing a rundown, dying department store in his London borough. And his helper elf Mandy, a teenager from Wales bitter about being dragged kicking and screaming to live down south, is starting to agree.

The one thing that could change their minds is the offer of a mysterious promotion from the owner of their company: the chance to take their Santa & elf show on the road and deliver presents to a number of affluent children.

But strange machines are being constructed in their grotto, people in the neighbourhood are disappearing, and both Ian and Mandy find themselves being followed. 

Somebody high up has plans to make a lot of money, and before Ian and Mandy know it, they’re arse-deep in a conspiracy that will see the return of the Victorian workhouse.

On the run and with nowhere to turn, the pair must take it into their own hands to figure out what’s going on; a quest which will take them across the city, two hundred years into the past, and force them to face the lengths to which people will go in the name of profit.

Cover Designed by Sean Wilkinson

Sean Wilkinson is co-founder and creative director of the Portland, Maine based brand and design firm, Might & Main. Over the past 7 years, they’ve brought more than three dozen restaurant brands to life, as well as a smattering of breweries, distilleries, wineries, and packaged consumer goods. The growing team at Might & Main stays on its toes and rounds out the portfolio by collaborating on brand-focused projects with LLBean, selected non-profits and arts organizations, and interesting tangents like broadway musicals and national grocery chains. Sean lives in Portland with his wife (also a designer), their precocious 3 year old boy, and a hyperactive dog.