Category: 30 Covers 30 Days

30 Covers, 30 Days 2017: Wrap-Up!

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And with that, we close the book on another year of frantic novelling, caffeine-fueled word sprints, dizzying plot twists, and—of course—covers! I can’t articulate enough just how much each day’s amazing cover blew us away. No part of this incredible project would have been possible without the over three thousand submissions from all of you.

Before I get to the fast facts about this year’s series, I need to extend a few words of thanks.

First, immense thanks to the great Debbie Millman for facilitating this project every year, and for designing a cover herself! Thank you for all your help getting this year’s series off the ground (and for being so quick with your email turnaround)!

It also wouldn’t be possible without all the awesome designers who made covers this year (and in years past!). Y’all came up with some stellar covers, on short notice, often ahead of schedule, and with enthusiasm every single day. Thank you for being so patient and responsive to our correspondence, and for making covers that thirty authors will cherish, and that amazed, thrilled, puzzled, and inspired writers on the blog and forums all month long. 

If you received a cover or just felt inspired by one you saw, and you have the time, please let these designers know just how cool they are; the complete list of designers, and links to their websites, is available at the end of the post.

Finally, thanks to all of you who took on the challenge and submitted synopses throughout October and November, and for keeping up with the blog and forum posts every day. 


Of course, there are only thirty days in November, and with them only thirty lucky writers selected for each edition of the project via our top-secret synopsis choosing method—let’s just say Blobby is ready for a break! 

This year, we had winners from all around the world, including Brazil, Bulgaria, and Russia. There were ten YWP covers and a wide range of genres represented:

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We also used the keywords and tags from the thousands of submissions and created a “word tree.” The largest words are the most common tags.

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Please give one more round of applause to the designers who contributed their time and effort to this awesome project!

Designers: 

It’s been an honor helping coordinate this year’s 30 Covers, 30 Days series. Looking forward to next year’s covers!

-Nick Fierro, Programs Intern

30 Covers, 30 Days 2017: Day Thirty

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.

The Brightest Star

A Young Adult novel being written this November by YWP participant Magdalena Warburton in Canada.

Queenie has run away from her remote alpine town, taking with her only a backpack and her guitar. She makes it to the big city, but she realizes that’s it not what she expected—it’s darker, colder and infinitely more lonely than she imagined. Alone and desperate, she falls into a band of people, from different backgrounds, different cultures, but all somehow in the same circumstances.

With her guitar and her music, she forges friendships, friendships based off more than survival. But all along, she’s being tormented by thoughts of home. Soon, the question isn’t where she can survive—it’s where she belongs.

Cover Designed by Dane Benton

Dane Benton is a Midwest-based designer who leads an in-house design team for a non-profit organization. While growing up in rural Missouri, Dane became enthralled by the ability design has to shape perception and opinion, and after earning a Bachelor of Arts from Anderson University, has focused his career on using this ability to help others. As former Programming Director for AIGA Indianapolis, Dane’s passion for connecting the design community influences his work with fellow designers and the organizations he works alongside. When not chasing around his two toddlers, Dane enjoys woodworking, hiking, singing, writing, and spending time with loved ones.

30 Covers, 30 Days 2017: Day Twenty-Nine

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.

Stuck in My Head

A Fantasy novel being written this November by NaNo participant Evelyn Lim in the United States.

“Hello. My name’s Adrian and…I can’t speak.”

Adrian has lived his whole life not being able to speak at all. Single words, okay; a thought, maybe; but a whole sentence? No way.

When Adrian’s family moves from Scotland to Utah over the summer, Adrian finds it easy to adjust, just as long as his parents don’t make him learn sign language. But then Adrian’s life is turned upside down when a magical girl named Delcie pops into his life, introducing him to a world he never knew, and showing him what friendship is like. Delcie teaches Adrian all about the magic of time, and gives him his only desire: a speaking voice.

But Delcie’s father reveals a secret: Delcie can’t stay with the humans. He must take her away to save her life. Now Adrian must make a decision: sacrifice everything to save a friendship, or never see his only friend again.

Cover Designed by Michael Stinson and Rachel Elnar

Michael and Rachel are the co-founders and teachers at TypeEd, where they help designers implement better typography in their work and do so efficiently. The design partners originally started the program as a side project at their design firm to help eliminate their designers’s struggle with grids, hierarchy and choosing typefaces which wasted time and burned through project budgets. Since then, TypeEd has trained graphic designers and design teams from Variety Magazine, Hulu, Disney, Deutsche, Mattel, USC, Los Angeles Times, Forever 21, and more. Visit them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

30 Covers, 30 Days 2017: Day Twenty-Eight

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.

Infinity Lane

An Other/Experimental novel being written this November by NaNo participant Cameron Nelson in the United States.

The woodland town of Tariffville wakes up one morning to find space rearranged. Infinite housing developments, impossible alleyways, and paradoxical cul-de-sacs begin to appear like stray cats. Ordinary people start finding themselves unexpectedly lost—in the woods, on streets they have known for years, or inside their own homes. Some get off on this “lost” feeling. Some see it as art. Others see it as dangerous, but no one can seem to leave. The power is out, supplies are finite, and all they have is each other and an uncertain amount of time to figure out how to live in an illogical universe.

Cover Designed by Winnie Storey

Winnie Storey joined Axum Graphics, where she brings her passion in design to create products that delight customers. Clients during her 11 year career include Apple Inc, 3D systems, Amazon, Sunset Magazine, Kroger, and MTV. While obtaining a B.F.A in graphic design at the California College of the Arts she worked as a full time employee of Bank of America. An academic and professional career did not stop her pursuing the dream of being a graphic designer, which she has had since the age of 7. As a first generation immigrant to the US from Hong Kong, Winnie brings together the cultures of the East and West showing the beauty that lies between them. Please view her work at vrdreamcatcher.com and her blog at alonelydumpling.com.

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.

30 Covers, 30 Days 2017: Day Twenty-Six

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.

The Wawel Bones

A Thriller/Suspense novel being written this November by NaNo participant ML Peters in the United States.

Born to Polish parents who immigrated to America to work in the copper mines and smelters in Montana in the early 1900’s, Charlie lived a troubled and tortured childhood. He was fascinated with the dinosaur legends from the home county, especially that of The Wawel Bones hanging for hundreds of years at a Cathedral in Krakow. Decades later, what does Charlie have to do with the body of the missing girl found surrounded by dinosaur bones in the Rocky Mountain foothills?

Cover Designed by Kim Weiner

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Kim’s work encompasses analytical thinking with an innate curiosity
for digital culture and narrative structure. She possesses a diverse
set of creative skills, specializing in design, illustration, and
animation. In addition to her recently earned Masters in Branding from
the School of Visual Arts, she holds a BFA in animation from the Rhode
Island School of Design. Visit her online at kimweiner.com.

30 Covers, 30 Days 2017: Day Twenty-Five

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.

Luminescence

A Science Fiction novel being written this November by NaNo participant A. H. Aspar in Norway.

During a mining operation in the enormous asteroid field around θ Columbae, some 720 light years from Earth’s Sun, representatives of the Andersen-Polansky corporation spot the perfect candidate for the terraforming scheme their research department has been working on for the past few decades.

185 years later, θ Columbae V is one of nine planets, spread through seven solar systems, owned and colonized by the company. It is systematically being shaped and formed by a variety of microorganisms and gas-spewing terraforming stations—resulting, currently, in brilliant bioluminescence and awe-inspiring cloudscapes, and someday in a breathable atmosphere and human-friendly climate.

The story follows Alva, a microbiologist working on the terraforming station Von 72 years after humanity first set foot on the planet. Suddenly there are large dark patches appearing in the fields of fluorescing bacteria on the planet’s surface, and no one knows why.

Meanwhile, the station administrators refuse to let her or her team go outside to collect samples. Her friend in system engineering keeps complaining about random power outages all over the station. A surge of random violence among the station’s inhabitants suggests someone has found yet another creative, new way for people to get high despite the ban on hallucinogens in the colony. And the religion which suddenly emerged fifty years earlier is already preaching the coming of the end of the world.

Cover Designed by Debbie Millman

Debbie Millman is the host of the award-winning podcast Design Matters, the world’s first podcast on design; Chair of the first ever Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts, a curator for the Museum of Design, a contributor to Print Magazine, President Emeritus of AIGA, and the author of six books on design and branding. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @debbiemillman. 

Author photo by Chase Jarvis.

30 Covers, 30 Days 2017: Day Twenty-Four

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.

Queen of Fire

A Fantasy novel being written this November by YWP participant Emily Silvers in the United States.

Crown Princess Splendora has never known anything but war. She was raised to hate the neighboring country of Oring with her entire being, and she has always been active in the fight against those who would dare oppose her family and people. A gifted warrior and a strong leader, she is already a respected military figure at the young age of fifteen.

But when her father is abruptly killed during the attack she concocted, Splendora ascends the throne and becomes Queen. She quickly proves herself a fiery and reckless matriarch. She struggles to piece together her dying country, and to reconcile her thirst for vengeance with morality.

As her loved ones start perishing one by one, Splendora becomes locked in a battle with her own demons: corruption, and utter desolation. Court intrigue, war, love, and heartbreak await her in this breathtaking second installment.

Cover Designed by Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel

Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design Communication at Jefferson University. She is principal of the internationally award-winning firm, Kradel Design, is a former President of the Philadelphia chapter of AIGA, and is a Sappi Ideas That Matter grant recipient. Kradel-Weitzel has an MFA from Tyler School of Art and a BA from The Pennsylvania State University. Please view her work at kradeldesign.com.

30 Covers, 30 Days 2017: Day Twenty-Three

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.

Harbour

A Science Fiction novel being written this November by NaNo participant Ivo Alekseev in Bulgaria.

Humanity had successfully colonised a planet and called their first colony Harbour. It was a beautiful place, a city with generations of ships stood upright like skyscrapers; people enjoyed all the advanced technology they brought from Earth. Their excitement was short lived, however, as the planet turned out to be home of an alien intelligence that promptly expelled the colonists from Harbour and occupied the colony.

Hundreds of years later, human society has devolved into warring feudal states, with only the spires of Harbour gleaming on the horizon to remind people of their lost haven. Victor, son of a minor noble, enters Harbour to try and recover the technology, which will help his house to dominate on the planet.

Inside he finds a society of outcasts, warriors and all kinds of people that have found their way into Harbour over the ages. Supervised by the inquisitive Hosts, the colony is one big social experiment, designed so the natives could better understand the human mind. Now, as the experiment nears its end, the Hosts are looking to expand their domination over humanity. Victor races against time to escape Harbour and to warn the people outside about the impending danger.

Cover Designed by Jim Killian

Jim Killian is the Principal/Creative Director of Chop Shop a Salt Lake City based design studio specializing in melding the past with the future. He likes anything that is loud or has wheels. 

30 Covers, 30 Days 2017: Day Twenty-Two

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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.

Down on the River by the Sugar Plant

A Literary novel being written this November by YWP participant Rachel Tess Kelly in the United States.

Sam Everett can read people’s thoughts, and he can reach inside their minds and pull out what he desires. Sylvia Everett can make people see what she wants them to see, and she can keep them from seeing what she doesn’t.  

The Everett twins seem to be ultimate and uncontainable beings, but there is plenty to make them feel powerless in a world of politics and war and injustice. They are merely children, after all. This story is an ode to Cleveland, a celebration of the bonds between siblings, and a gentle commentary on the manner in which we speak to children about the wrongness in the world.

Cover Designed by Jane Dorn

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Born, raised, and bent double as a hairpin in various versions of Small-Town Baptist USA, Jane Dorn is an educator, photographer, and graphic designer who spends her time thinking, making, and trying to give more than she takes. Visit her website and Instagram.