Category: book covers

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November is over!

NaNoWriMo has concluded.

Hopefully everyone had fun, got some words down, and is ready for whatever December brings.

First and foremost, thanks to Debbie Millman for coordinating once again. Every year, she goes above and beyond to help us put this program together. Round of applause, everyone!

Also, huge thanks to the designers, without whom this whole endeavor wouldn’t be possible. These are professional designers who choose to donate their time and energy for zero money. Everyone should give them as much love as you possibly can! (A full list of designers can be found below!)

And, of course, there are the participants, who submit their synopses. Make no mistake: it’s a brave and vulnerable thing to give people a glimpse of your creativity. So thanks to everyone who submitted!

Fun Facts!

We’ve seen hard and soft science fiction, we’ve had fantasy of all shapes and sizes. We’ve had Young Adult literature, Erotica, Mysteries, Thrillers, Horror, Comedy, and whatever “Literary” is (because, ultimately, isn’t all writing literature, and thus all of it is literary by definition?) Ah well. Setting my quibbles about genre aside, here are some fascinating stats:

  • This year, there were 1484 submissions
  • 932 came from NaNoWriMo participants
  • 557 came from Young Writers Program participants

The most popular genre was Fantasy, with 451 submissions—a number with fun literary connotations.

  • Young Adult was a distant second with 195 submissions.
  • Followed by Adventure with 147
  • And Science Fiction with 142

Y’all are nerds, is what I’m saying. Be proud of yourselves!

I really wish that every single synopsis could get its own cover, because every single one of you deserves it. Seeing the sheer variety of our participants’ imagination was a genuinely moving experience.

To help illustrate people’s interests, here’s a word cloud showing all the tags that people used for their novels:

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A high quality download of the word cloud is available here!

Because of our limitations with image formats on the blog, the covers posted here are usually downgraded versions of higher quality files. Go check out our daily forums threads to see higher quality versions of the covers!

Designer List!

(in order of appearance – links go to their cover designs)

This has been one of my favorite parts of working at NaNoWriMo! Thanks to everyone for sharing the covers, for taking part in the discussions, and for being involved in this incredible program.

I hope next year is just as wacky and fun!

-Freddy

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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.

Here’s day 30! What a month it’s been!

Dominus

Cover design by Roxane Gay, based on a novel by NaNoWriMo Participant arellaAngel:

Toile escaped her life in the LA Mafia, and Marcus, to find herself hidden away in the White Mountains, at an exclusive BDSM lifestyle retreat for the wealthy known as Dominus. The secluded Dominus Campus is accessible only by Helicopter and  includes a Hunt Club, where girls are hunted; a BDSM Club called Club Tango, scening encouraged. Safe, Sane and Consensual is mandated,  safewords are mandatory including no touching without consent. Marcus isn’t capable of following the rules, but he is determined to find Toile and manages to slip through the filters to purchase a top shelf membership.

Cover design by Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay is a writer of all kinds of things.

For one final round of discussion, head on over to the forums! 

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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.

Here’s day 29:

Space Race

Cover design by Freddy Cleveland, based on a novel by NaNoWriMo Participant Kari Booij:

It is 2319. To celebrate the 350 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, a bunch of history nerds has decided to reenact the whole thing. Building authentic space craft, and dressing in period costumes, they prepare to LARP their way to the Moon. But historians are not exactly rocket scientists, and the authorities are not about to approve their home-built chemical boosters, which are not nearly up to modern environmental regulations, for liftoff. The world is watching. Will they make it to the Moon?

Cover Design by Freddy Cleveland

Freddy Cleveland is technically a professional graphic designer. He has been paid to make graphics. What fun! He’s currently the Editorial Intern at NaNoWriMo, but if you want to hire him for graphic design work, DM him on Instagram. Find his video work on YouTube. He demands to be taken seriously.

Also, head on over to the forums and discuss the cover!

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.

Day 28! I’m almost sure it’s a holiday of some sort…

Summerland

Cover design by Jina Anne, based on a novel by Erica Hughes:

In Rochester, New York in the year 1848, a young physician is introduced to three sisters who claim to be able to communicate with spirits. Skeptical until the mediums put him in touch with his dead sister, the physician decides he must discover the scientific underpinnings of the phenomenon—to prove, in other words, the existence of an afterlife.

Cover Design by Jina Anne

Jina is a consultant, community builder, and advocate focused on design systems. She organizes Clarity, the first Design Systems conference. She co-authored the Design Systems Handbook, Fancy Form Design, and The Art & Science of CSS. She has been said to be one of the most cheerful goths. You can follow her on Twitter @jina.

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

It’s day 27! You know what that means!

Confident

Cover design by Debbie Millman, based on a novel by Mallory Anderson:

Stuck in college without tuition, Aylssa must go way outside her comfort zone if she’s to stay in school. Introduced to the world of strippers, it doesn’t take long for her to fall in love with the money, or the attention. The sudden feelings that she develops for her college roommate, best friend, and fellow dancer Samantha, also take her by surprise. She finally realizes how much she’d been keeping her true self locked away to make everyone else happy, and she’s going to have a lot of fun with her newfound knowledge.

Cover Design 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.

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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

Day 26:

The Caw of Cthulhu

Cover design by Katharine Gripp, based on a novel by Jocelyn De Vore:

In Book II of The Orphanage Series, Arrabella Whipple-Smythe, the new owner of “Hammett Whipple’s Orphanage for Abandoned Books”, finds herself in the middle of another mystery. After befriending a murder of crows, they begin to give Arra gifts in exchange for treats she leaves on the porch. But when one of them gives her a ring–with a decomposing finger still attached–Arra finds herself going on a scavenger hunt to find the rest of the body.

When she does find the dead body of a local pawn shop owner (one that the whole town hated), she gets tangled up in a local town legend, a conspiracy hiding lost treasure, and a war between two crotchety archeology professors.

Cover Design by Katharine Gripp

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Katharine Gripp is the Communications Manager (a.k.a. content wrangler, YouTube wizard, and occasional in-house graphic designer) at NaNoWriMo. She’s currently in the process of getting an MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults, and is also in a folk-punk band that mostly sings songs about mythical creatures. You can follow her on Instagram @kitgripp.

Come on over to the forums! What will we talk about? You decide! (Just kidding, I’ll decide, and I’ve decided it’s going to be this specific cover).

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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

Here’s day 25, and what a wild day it is!

Tide

Cover design by Victor Davila, based on a novel by Young Writers Program participant Megan Perkins:

It is 3062. Earth’s land and sea are divided and at war. When Saylor’s family disappears, she, thinking that they were captured by the forces of the sea (pirate ships) sets out to find her family. She meets a boy who is from the sea and learns that he was on his way to the land to find his family that he had thought had been taken by the land.

They both realize that neither side had been taking people and that there is a bigger force behind the war. They have to convince everyone that they have to band together to defeat this force before humanity destroys itself. 

Cover Design by Victor Davila

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Victor Davila is an illustrator and designer from the Orlando, FL area, as well as an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida’s School of Visual Arts and Design teaching illustration and design. He has worked on everything from character designs and storyboards for animation, to editorial illustrations, interactive games, and childrens’ books.

Victor is also the founder of the central Florida illustrator collective Giant Illustrators, the President of AIGA Orlando, and on the organizing committee of Creative Mornings Orlando.

For more of Victor’s work, check out his website, and follow him on Instagram!

Join us on the forums for wacky fun and the sharing of opinions!


Cover Photo by Will Turner on Unsplash.

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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

Day 24!

God on Earth

Cover design by Rachel Gogel, based on a novel by Young Writers Program participant RRW:

On Earth, a group of women raise girls from birth to be future gods. They each vow to never fall in love, but one girl will risk everything for the love of her life, who happens to be a mortal woman. Together, they embark on a journey of queer self-discovery and the fight for love and freedom.

Cover Design by Rachel Gogel

Born and raised in Paris, France, Rachel Gogel has worked at the intersection of brand, product, advertising, and editorial for over a decade. She is currently a creative director at the design and strategy firm Godfrey Dadich Partners, based in San Francisco. Rachel was named by Forbes as one of 2015’s 30 under 30 in media, and has led major initiatives at Facebook, The New York Times, and GQ. Rachel believes in the importance of empowering other creatives, building inclusive teams, and supporting women-led causes.

Visit her website, and follow her on Instagram and Twitter!

And stop by the forums to join the discussion!

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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

Here’s day 23:

Mora

Cover designed by Courtney Glancy based on a novel by NaNoWriMo participant C. Schroeder

Three of the greatest writers of all time share a family name and origin story, but while their blood binds them together, their personal battles threaten to tear them apart.

Anne, the most outgoing of the three reserved Brontë sisters, wishes to correct the shame her father’s addiction has brought them but first must put down the bottle and overcome her alcoholism. Emily is a hopeless romantic but too shy to connect with her lover outside of paper. Charlotte, fascinated by the wild and untouchable, is months away from reaching her goals: She has the bones of her most iconic work, but is unable to see the forest or trees of the project.

The sisters’ greatest stumbling block proves not to be their lack of a governess, drunk father, or womanhood, but their internal battles with varied forms of mental illness. The three Brontë sisters discover love, loss, and a shared passion while spending countless hours together on their family’s moor. With great genius comes great responsibility. With three Brontës comes great instability. 

Cover Design by Courtney Glancy

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Courtney is an art director at idfive, a mission-based marketing agency based in Baltimore. She works in all facets of design and strategy, from brand to digital to design thinking. An industry veteran, there are few challenges she hasn’t tackled. She’s continually looking for new ways to redefine design as it applies to business and marketing—and beyond. Courtney also served as programming director for the Baltimore chapter of AIGA for three years. Aside from design, if you mention travel, food, or cats, she’ll talk your ear off.

Follow her on Instagram!

Also, join us on the forums for discussion!

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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.

When Blood is Nipp’d and Ways be Foul

Cover Design by Victoria Pickett, based on a novel by NaNoWriMo participant J.B. Smith:

When Kyra Blackwell took a shortcut through an abandoned alleyway, she had no idea of the horrors that awaited her. After witnessing a brutal murder, she became the sole survivor of the infamous Shakespeare Killer. A deadly serial killer with a morbid fascination with William Shakespeare. Soon after Kyra received a letter from S.K., thrusting her into a lethal game of cat and mouse. Against insurmountable odds, Kyra was able to stop S.K.’s devious plot and save innocent lives.

6 Months have passed since then, and S.K.’s whereabouts are still unknown. Now an up and coming private investigator, Kyra has made it her life’s goal to find and stop S.K.

Her findings have led her to the sleepy town of Kalenda Grove. Soon after she arrives, rumors of a figure all in black donning a silver plague doctor’s mask start to spread. Will Kyra be able to stop S.K.’s deadly wrath and finally sever the bloody bond that binds them?

Cover Design by Victoria Pickett

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Victoria Pickett recently joined the Department of Visual Arts at Coastal Carolina University as an assistant professor of Graphic Design. She is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and received her MFA in Visual Communication Design from Kent State University and completed her bachelor’s degree at Cleveland State. She recently made the move to South Carolina from Flagstaff, Arizona where she taught at Northern Arizona University for four years. She is an active member of AIGA (the professional association for graphic design).

Come to the forums, where everybody is talking about book covers. You don’t want to miss out on that do you?!