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30 Covers, 30 Days: Day Sixteen

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 2018 novels-in-progress, and the cover designers, below.

Trapped

A Thriller novel being written this November by NaNo participant Andrew Wolczyk in the United Kingdom.

Abigail Palmer, newly widowed and desperate to escape her grief, takes a holiday.  Booking herself into a luxury apartment she cuts herself off from the outside world. This turns out to be a mistake when she finds herself trapped in a cupboard.  

Her son, Joel, unable to contact her, suspects there is a problem and starts a mad rush to find out where she is holidaying.  Will he be in time to save his mother before she dies of starvation and lack of water?  Not to mention her air is running out.

Cover designer Joshua Ege shared this mockup of what Trapped would look like as a physical book:

Stay tuned for new covers every day of the month!


Cover Designed by Joshua Ege

Joshua Ege is an Assistant Professor of Visual Communication at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Joshua has served on the board of directors of the Dallas Society of Visual Communications (DSVC) for 13 years and is the current the President of the DSVC Foundation. His affinity for visualization of concept is only overshadowed by his love of family, friends and his daily interactions with mankind. His work has been recognized by Print Magazine, HOW, GD USA, Art Directors Club of Houston, DSVC, Logo Lounge, Communication Arts and Harper Collins publications among others. He can occasionally be found on twitter @joshege, and on his website www.joshuaege.com.

30 Covers, 30 Days 2018: Day Fifteen

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 2018 novels-in-progress, and the cover designers, below.

The Island

A Science Fiction novel being written this November by YWP participant Noel Simmins in the United States.

Fifty seven years ago, the fighting stopped. The wars ended. Why? Well, there weren’t enough people left to fight. The human race was on the verge of extinction, and it’s a very lucky thing that we have not gone extinct. Not yet, at least. So, while the rest of the world is full of anarchy, and poverty, the scientific community came up with a way to keep us from going extinct. The Island Project.

Twice a year, a boat delivers a group of teenagers to an Island. The Island is safe. The teens must learn to survive if they are to save the word from extinction. The project is five years old, and, so far, has gone by without a hitch. The test subjects have developed traditions, and a bit of a new culture. They are doing quite well.

Until now. Boats have been sighted far too close to the shores of The Island, and they are not our boats. There have been rumors of pirates, looking to attack The Island for the test subjects’ resources. And, a girl showed up on the beach this morning. She claims to have no memories, and while the test subjects seem to be trusting her, I am not sure that is what is best for their survival. For the survival of humanity. Unfortunately, I am not allowed to speak with them for another four and a half months. I can only hope they will survive that long.

-From the journal of Dr. Janice Peters

Cover designer Alexandra Alcantara shared these sketches from the design process:

Stay tuned for new covers every day of the month!

If you’re interested in entering your novel to the 30 Covers, 30 Days program, check out the instructions here. Don’t forget, today (November 15) is the last day to submit covers. 


Cover Designed by Alexandra Alcantara

Alexandra is a Raleigh, NC based Designer, originally from NYC. When not working on presentations for her clients, she is hard at work on her personal projects for children’s toys and games. She is currently working on a new children’s series that she hopes to bring to the mobile gaming space.  She is also an animal lover and advocate, she shares a home with her husband, 5 dogs and a cat. Much of her personal work is in the political landscape, animal welfare and children. 

You can follow her on Instagram @Asquaredcreative and AsquaredCreative.com.

30 Covers, 30 Days 2018: Day Fourteen

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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 2018 novels-in-progress, and the cover designers, below.

The Girl and the Guardians

An Experimental novel being written this November by NaNo participant Annette Oakley in the United States.

Ellie Sigurd’s always been intrigued by her Icelandic heritage. She’s read books, took basic Icelandic in university, and scoured the web for photos, but she’s never been allowed to visit. Every time she’s tried, her family has shut her down, refusing to tell her anything about her history–not even her grandfather’s name.

They’re scared and superstitious, and she doesn’t know why.

After graduating from university, Ellie rebels, taking a solo trip to Iceland to pursue answers to the life-long questions she’s had about her heritage. It’s there she meets Katla Rosenburg, a wild, adventure-loving native with dreams of taking a “road trip to end all road trips” around the country. She talks Ellie into letting her tag along as a local guide, and it’s fabulous and fun … until things start to go wrong.

Ellie discovers her grandfather was murdered, despite what authorities had claimed for years. Locals talk about a family curse–an ancient bargain with the land spirits they claim she must fulfill. Katla starts to grow distant and warns Ellie to never stray from the main road. And then there’s the wooden doll of an old woman following her wherever she goes, begging her to pick it up…

Begging to show her that sometimes, the folklore women tell their children to keep them in bed at night? It’s all real … and coming for her.

Cover designer Richard Ljoenes shared an alternate cover version and some notes about the design process:

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“The photograph is by Russian photographer Andre Ermolaev. It depicts a Volcanic river in Iceland. I thought the beauty and forcefulness of it was a perfect way to capture not only the dramatic Icelandic scenery throughout the book, but also old Icelandic folklore and the violent family curse—the ancient bargain with the land spirits. I hand-lettered the type to be somewhat fitting of young person and their journal entries during the main event—the road-trip through this raw and rugged land.

Outtakes included designs using photos of Icelandic mountain roads against the backdrop of Aurora Borealis, which also suggested some of the spiritual/supernatural qualities of the story, but ultimately felt a bit too familiar.”

Stay tuned for new covers every day of the month!

If you’re interested in entering your novel to the 30 Covers, 30 Days program, check out the instructions here. Don’t forget, November 15 is the last day to submit.


Cover Designed by Richard Ljoenes

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Richard Ljoenes is a Designer and Art Director based in New York City. He primarily works on book covers and illustrated interiors, but his background also includes advertising and corporate identity. Ljoenes’s design and art direction has been awarded and recognized by The One Show, Type Directors Club, Communication Arts, The Cannes Lions Awards, Art Directors Club, Graphis, Print Magazine, How Magazine, and Graphic Design USA who named him a designer to watch in 2018. He has worked on over fifty New York Times Bestsellers. Ljoenes currently runs his own studio and is available for projects.

You can find Richard online at www.richardljoenes.com and on Instagram @richardljoenes. 

30 Covers, 30 Days: Day Thirteen

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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 2018 novels-in-progress, and the cover designers, below.

Perspicuus

A Science Fiction novel being written this November by NaNo participant Emma Obendorf in the United States.

The land is clear, blank, white, and clean. Within a technologically advanced society color is nonexistent, seen as the devil, something to simply corrupt and disturb the strict mindset apparent in this world. Thinking is for logic and sound facts, a way to see new ideas that can help the community and those around you, and to keep everything in order the way that everyone knows it should be: without a single disturbance or difference. The buildings are tall and picturesque, surrounded by the milky white dome that encircles the large city, keeping everyone in and protected from the corruptible outside world. Kay Leer is a part of the newest generation of workers, set out to forever be in one industry, never step out of bounds, and keep in her designated place. There’s a new disturbance every day it seems, someone who decides to cut the cord of similarity, try and fight against the older generation’s strict rules and ideology on how their society needs to be run. With the growing number of adolescents being thrown out on their own to the outside world, people are beginning to think; what if something were to change, who are they to say we need to act this way? The uprising is coming. Color the canvas.

Stay tuned for new covers every day of the month!

If you’re interested in entering your novel to the 30 Covers, 30 Days program, check out the instructions here.


Cover Designed by Don Hollis

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Don cultivates breakthrough creative strategies for dynamic environments. As a leading brand consultant for Hospitality, Lifestyle and Technology clients since 1994, his firm Hollis Brand Culture is renowned for its disruptive design solutions across digital and built environments. Professional affiliations include: Museum of Photographic Arts – Board Trustee 2009 to 2015, SEZIO Founding Advisory Board Member, American Institute of Graphic Arts – AIGA San Diego, Advisory Board and President Emeritus, High Tech Marketing Alliance – (HTMA) past VP Brand Communications. Don serves the creative community as a leader, author, curator, speaker and judge for juried exhibitions. As owner of Subtext Gallery, Don Hollis continues to be a driving force who strives to elevate regional dialogue through art, culture and design excellence.

For additional details, see more at http://hollisbc.com 

Online: IG: @hollis_bc Facebook: hollisbc Twitter: @hollisbc

30 Covers, 30 Days: Day Twelve

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 2018 novels-in-progress, and the cover designers, below.

Dragon Kingdom & the Wishing Stone

A Children’s novel being written this November by NaNo participant Stacie Eirich in the United States.

It is a kingdom of dreams, filled with faerie magic, shimmers with light. It is born from stories, fed with imaginations, and it is the magical place where the Wishing Stone was created. Twins Suzie & Jack and their friends Elena & Liam have taken flight to Dragon Kingdom, a magical kingdom in the sky. Their task is to find the Wishing Stone. Without its power, the good magic in the kingdom is threatened, and they may not be able to return home. Dragon Kingdom is both enchanting and dangerous, ruled by Dragon Queen Belakane and filled with colorful, winged creatures. 

Suzie, Jack, Elena & Liam have help from their dragon friends Thistlefire, Brightwing, Firesong and Starlight – and meet some astonishing new beings on their journey, including a Griffin, a Sea Enchantress, and a Faerie Queene. When Suzie, Jack and their friends find out that the Wishing Stone has been broken, they embark on a quest to gather its pieces. To find them, they must solve three riddles without the aid of magic, using their intelligence, senses, strength and teamwork. Will Suzie, Jack, Liam & Elena be able to solve the riddles and restore the stone? Or will the skies of Dragon Kingdom be filled with evil Wyverns, the good magic of the Wishing Stone scattered and lost forever?

Stay tuned for new covers every day of the month!

If you’re interested in entering your novel to the 30 Covers, 30 Days program, check out the instructions here.


Cover Designed by Mark Pagano

Mark Pagano is a Raleigh, NC based artist, originally from Queens, NY. He specializes in creature paintings in oils and acrylics. Heavily influenced by folklore and mythology from around the globe, Mark Pagano uses oils, acrylics, paint markers, and found objects to bring life into these creatures. His various works have a mounted taxidermy quality to them as they stare back at you, sometimes blankly often found smiling, alive and in bold bright colors. Throughout his collection you will also find geometric elements, that are balanced and symmetrical. Dream journaling is a crucial part of his creative process. Outside of working on his art, Mark is an avid gamer, hobbyist carpenter and animal lover. He spends his free time with his wife and small arc of animal companions including 5 dogs and a cat. He hopes to greatly expand his art commission work.

You can follow Mark on Instagram @MarksArts and MarkPagano.com.

30 Covers, 30 Days: Day Eleven

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 2018 novels-in-progress, and the cover designers, below.

We Could Be Heroes

A Young Adult novel being written this November by YWP participant Illona O’Connor in the United States.

How are you a superhero? This is the question Sierra Carter asks herself every single day of her life. Working for the Department of Undercover Operations is not an easy task, and it’s made harder by the fact that she isn’t allowed to tell anyone. Why were you chosen for this? Ever since Sierra’s parents died in an explosion, she’s lived at the D.U.O. base. Under the overview of Emily Cratchclaw, she and her friends (Winn, the genius; Fionna, the medic; and Jordan, the muscle) have worked on bigger-than-your-average-bear cases.What is going to happen next? Even though Sierra can’t let anyone know where she works, not even her boyfriend Isaac, she loves it. Every second is jam-packed with action, even through the teenage drama of her own and her friends’ lives. Fighting the Big Bads of our world that no one can know about? No problem. Bring it on.

Cover designer David Asari shared some sketches from the design process:

Stay tuned for new covers every day of the month!

If you’re interested in entering your novel to the 30 Covers, 30 Days program, check out the instructions here.


Cover Designed by David Hisaya Asari

David Hisaya Asari is a graphic designer and design educator, based in Oakland, California. He is an Associate Professor at California College of the Arts, focused on Graphic Design and information visualization; and leads a Japan study abroad course. David is President Emeritus of the San Francisco chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design. His word of the day: tsundoku.

Follow David online @davidasari.

30 Covers, 30 Days: Day Ten

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 2018 novels-in-progress, and the cover designers, below.

Sunsets and Tea

A Women’s Fiction novel being written this November by NaNo participant Wardah Abbas Abdul-Haafiz in Nigeria.

Sunsets and Tea is a breathtaking story of four intimate city women set in modern day Nigeria. Brought together by childhood similarities, Aqilah, Amaya, Malika and Hodan are inseparable even where personal lives, struggle for survival, raising families and finding happiness are intricately woven into their individual pasts playing out around them. It is a heart rending novel of unforgivable pasts, bitter – sweet friendship and love that stands the test of fire – a remarkable achievement.

Cover designer Cookie Redding shared a photo of the cover design process, with a guest appearance from an assistant:

You can watch a video of Cookie’s design process on her Youtube channel.

Stay tuned for new covers every day of the month!

If you’re interested in entering your novel to the 30 Covers, 30 Days program, check out the instructions here.


Cover Designed by Cookie Redding

Cookie Redding is an artist and designer living in south central Pennsylvania.  She works with a variety of materials and likes to incorporate them all into her work.  She currently is also a professor of art and design and loves when students have their “ah-ha!” moment with their work.

You can find Cookie online @likesilovestudio and youtube.com/wordienerd.

30 Covers, 30 Days: Day 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 2018 novels-in-progress, and the cover designers, below.

The Killing Thing

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

Loneliness is the killing thing. Time, literally, is running out for Texas Ranger Lou Jackson after being diagnosed with lung cancer. His 30-year career is marked by a near obsessive quest to bring a killer to justice. He has sacrificed a marriage, his daughter is dead, his work was his only friend and the only world he has known is quickly passing him by. His killer has been silent for the past 10 years, but when another girl ends up dead and a message is left for Lou, he knows it’s his final chance. Now his life has come down to one choice…dying alone or with the only person he has embraced for the past 15 years.What if your only friend is the killer you’ve been hunting?

Stay tuned for new covers every day of the month!

If you’re interested in entering your novel to the 30 Covers, 30 Days program, check out the instructions here.


Cover Designed by Henry Sene Yee

Henry Sene Yee is a designer, photographer & illustrator. He started his career at Rolling Stone magazine. His first book publishing job was at Pantheon Books/Random House for the legendary Art Director, Louise Fili. He worked at St. Martin’s Press and was the Creative Director Deluxe of Picador Books. He has won numerous awards including: AIGA’s 50 Books / 50 Covers, The New York Art Directors’ Club GOLD Cube, The Type Directors’ Club, The Society of Illustrators, Print Magazine’s Regional Design Annual, and The New York Book Show. He can always be seen with a camera in one hand and a coffee in the other.  

You can follow Henry on Twitter and Instagram @hsyee.

30 Covers, 30 Days: Day 8

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 2018 novels-in-progress, and the cover designers, below.

Red Riding, P.I.

A Mystery novel being written this November by NaNo participant J. Monsen in the United States.

Life is never dull for a private detective in the city; not when a vampire staked in the back, a fairy kidnapping, and a mysterious glass shoe all add up to just another Monday. But lately, Red Riding has found the gumshoe business a little harder than usual; like someone’s painted a target onto the back of her trench coat. Maybe it’s the organized crime racket that’s been hot on her heels, or the politicians cracking down on innocent Spooks. Maybe it’s the handsome professor with a bad attitude and suspiciously good aim. Or maybe it’s Red’s own secrets finally catching up to her, like the transformation every full moon that she can’t escape. Or maybe it’s just bad luck and a big mouth. One thing’s for sure, if Red wants to survive solving mysteries in the Big Bad City, she’s got her work cut out for her.

Cover designer Kevin Perry shared what Red Riding, P.I. would look like as a physical book:

Stay tuned for new covers every day of the month!

If you’re interested in entering your novel to the 30 Covers, 30 Days program, check out the instructions here.


Cover Designed by Kevin Perry

Kevin Perry is a designer, educator and organizational leader with over 15 years of agency experience. He currently oversees talent and operations at Struck, an internationally acclaimed creative agency whose clients include Nickelodeon, Universal Studios, McDonald’s and Jack in the Box. Kevin draws from a unique blend of design philosophy and business strategy to significantly impact organizational behaviors and cultures. As a leader, Kevin helps companies be more purposeful and effective through a people-centric approach. As an orchestrator, he seeks to create an environment where everyone can thrive. He brings fresh insight to every engagement where success is measured in terms of values, not merely profit and loss. Kevin speaks around the country and teaches at the University of Utah. His work has been recognized by some of the industry’s most respected organizations and publications including AIGA and Print Magazine. In 2014 he was selected by Graphic Design USA as one of the “People to Watch”. Kevin is the cofounder of Salt Lake Design Week and the ReVinylize project and has held a number of roles with AIGA, the professional association for design, where he most recently served on the national board of directors. 

You can follow Kevin online @kevinperry.

30 Covers, 30 Days 2018: Day Seven

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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 2018 novels-in-progress, and the cover designers, below.

Shadow of Twilight

A Fantasy novel being written this November by NaNo participant Antonia Ryder in Canada.

Sixteen-year-old Rin Phyra has never spoken in his life, and because of it, feels like he’s useless and ignored by most of his village. So when the village elder sends a special request for him to attend a meeting, Rin is eager to play whatever part he’s offered to help his village.

The occasion is the princess’s eighteenth birthday. For generations, the villages of the kingdom have taken turns providing the most powerful fairies for the royal daughters so they can obtain magic. This year, it is Rin’s village’s honour, and he is entrusted with the fairy’s sphere to give to the princess. It’s an echo of a hundred years ago, and just as her ancestor, Princess Corrine is destined to stop the Shadow King’s awakening.

But when the fairy escapes her bindings for Rin instead and has to contract with him to save her life, he’s sure he’s ruined everything – after all, he’s not a princess, and his green eyes bar the usage of magic. So he has to accompany the princess to the goddess herself to fix his blunder.

Only the goddess does not correct his mistake. She gives him a sword to banish the Shadow and summons a mysterious swordsman named Twilight to teach him to fight.

Now history itself is about to turn on its head.

Cover designer Alberto Rigau had this to share about the design process:

Antonia, when I first read your brief, I have to admit, I was a bit overwhelmed (in a good sense). There was so much happening: great visuals, a complex storyline, mysterious characters, a mythological setting; and all of it experienced through a young and up-and-coming main character. You had my attention.

I began thinking about Rin’s first hand experience… maybe making a mostly white cover with a bit of color (graphic or photographic) to metaphorically represent Rin’s waking… but the approach felt too plain for such a layered abstract. What if I could add this? Then that? I ended with a cover that I think mimics the abstract in character, hopefully provoking in possible readers that same curiosity that your words provoked in me.

I realize the profession of design is more on the ‘less is more, flat design’ these days, but this story seems to need more character, more depth, more layers… a ‘more is more’ approach.Is it too much? Is it graphically overdone? I hope your final novel will live to validate it. I hope you enjoy it.

If you’re interested in entering your novel to the 30 Covers, 30 Days program, check out the instructions here.

Stay tuned for new covers every day of the month!


Cover Designed by Alberto Rigau

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Alberto freelances from San Juan, Puerto Rico, collaborating with clients in the planning and execution of design focused business strategies. With an academic focus on design, anthropology and photography, he crafts brands, exhibits, way-finding systems, publications and architectural collaborations of an interpretative nature. Alberto is a graduate of the Masters in Graphic Design program at NC State University’s College of Design, a Poynter Institute Visual Journalism Fellow and an alum of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Today he serves as a board member of AIGA’s Design Educators Steering Committee. 

You can follow Alberto online @ajrigau.