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 Butterfly Keepers
A Satire/Humor novel being written this November by NaNo participant J. Duran in the United States.
Everyone knows that everything in the known universe is connected. Not as well known is the fact that everything is connected by the fine silk thread of a small caterpillar.
These caterpillars create the connections between a person and the parallel universes that are created from each decision they make. These connections are important, and the break in a connection can result in a consequence as simple as
déjà vu—or as disastrous as the collapse of a civilization, the destruction of an entire planet, or the birth of a black hole.
To make things more complicated, these caterpillars are made of the pure essence of space-time and, when eaten, give the consumer eternal life. As a result, they are powerful weapons of destruction or creation, depending on your point of view. It is from those whose point of view is destruction that the One tries to keep these secrets. And to that end, the Keepers were sent to nurture and protect the caterpillars and their butterflies…
Keeper 67 loves his job and is proud to be a Keeper. He is the epitome of the perfect Keeper, and in fact, he has just won the highest honor given to Keepers: that of giving the Lesson. What he doesn’t know, is that he is about to make the biggest mistake that the universes have ever seen. Pandemonium, chaos and Cheeto-eating will ensue and the universes will never be the same.
Cover Designed by Christopher Simmons
Christopher Simmons is a designer, author, design advocate, and principal of the San Francisco design office, MINE . He speaks on design issues for colleges, professional associations, and media, and regularly participates as a judge for major design competitions. Christopher’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries ranging from The Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art to The Smithsonian Institution. He is the author of four books, an editor at Design Observer, and a creator of text-based art.