That’s a wrap on another NaNoWriMo, which means it’s the end of another year’s 30 Covers, 30 Days series! Whether you wrote fifty words or fifty thousand, you got your stories onto the page! So pat yourself on the back. I’ll wait here.
Excellent! I want to talk a little bit about this project; as this was my second year coordinating the series, I got to read all of your nearly three thousand synopses, and every one of them brought something unique to the table. I’m seriously blown away by how amazing your novels – and the covers they inspired – have turned out to be.
Before I get to the fast facts about this year’s series, I need to extend a few words of thanks.
First, immense thanks as always to the amazing Debbie Millman, for facilitating this project every year, gathering all these fantastic designers in one place, and for designing a cover herself! Thanks for all your help getting this project off the ground, and answering all my questions along the way.
This wouldn’t be possible without all the designers who volunteered to make covers this year (and in years past). You made some stunning covers, on a short deadline, for free, frequently ahead of schedule, and with enthusiasm every day. Thanks for your patience and quick responses to all of my emails, and for making covers that thirty authors will cherish, and that amazed, thrilled, puzzled, and inspired writers on the blog, forums, and beyond all month long.
If you received a cover, or just felt inspired by one, please take a moment to let these designers know how cool they are; the complete list of designers, including links to their websites and social media, is available at the end of the post.
If you want to leave some feedback, there’s a form available! This helps us tweak and tune up the project each year.
Finally, thank you to all of you who took on the challenge, submitted synopses throughout October and November, and for keeping up with the blog and forum posts every day.
As with every year, of course, November only has thirty short days – and with them, only thirty lucky writers selected for each edition of the project via our proprietary, time-bending, squirrel-powered synopsis algorithm.
This year, we had winners from all around the world, including from Iceland, Nigeria, and Peru. And, as novels from Young Writers made up about a quarter of submissions, there were set to be seven YWP covers. Alas, a couple of them fell through a hole in time and space and there ended up being only five; next year will have the complete set. There was also a wide range of genres represented:
We also used the keywords and tags from thousands of submissions to create a word tree!
Please give another round of applause to the designers who contributed their time and effort to this awesome project!
- John Hamilton designed Enemy Music
- Katie Manos designed The Ghosts of Miller Manor
- Jesse Hernandez designed Apologize
- Michelle Hobbs designed Autumn’s Blessing
- Michael Braley designed The White Darkness
- Kelly Knaga designed No Results Found
- Alberto Rigau designed Shadow of Twilight
- Kevin Perry designed Red Riding, P.I.
- Henry Sene Yee designed The Killing Thing
- Cookie Redding designed Sunsets and Tea
- David Hisaya Asari designed We Could Be Heroes
- Mark Pagano designed Dragon Kingdom & The Wishing Stone
- Don Hollis designed Perspicuus
- Richard Ljoenes designed The Girl and the Guardians
- Alexandra Alcantara designed The Island
- Josh Ege designed Trapped
- Val Head designed Cracking Up
- Traci Larson designed Monroe & Patsy: A Few Times Too Many
- Eva Crawford designed Nursing Holmes
- Frances Yllana designed Albion Grove
- Courtney Glancy designed To Stand Tall Amongst the Stars
- Christopher Simmons designed Unprompted
- Tan Le designed Windycrest
- Debbie Millman designed The Circle
- Roshanak Keyghobadi designed Balaton
- Nick Fierro designed Emu
- Wesley Sueker designed Combat Mind
- Ksenya Samarskaya designed The Author
- Adriane Stark designed Bianca, It’s Complicated!
- Jina Anne designed The Sorcerer’s Maid
It’s been a blast helping coordinate 30 Covers, 30 Days once more. I’m looking forward to seeing next year’s covers!
-Nick Fierro, Editorial & Programs Intern