Well, even though I really love what Steve Palmer at 76design developed for the cover, it seems I may not be the best judge of such things. The official iUniverse review of my submitted cover is in and it looks like we’re heading back to the drawing board, literally. The design experts at iUniverse made a few interesting observations including:
- the design I submitted was a little “flat;”
- the typography needed some work;
- the juxtaposition of the word “Plans” in the title and the line drawing of the hovercraft plans was too “literal;”
- the overall look and feel didn’t really convey that this is a satirical novel.
Interesting points and not without merit I suppose when their reasoning was clarified for me. So, their design team is going to take a stab at designing a cover that still uses the Parliament Hill photograph in some way. The line drawing of the hovercraft plans may move to the back cover.
I asked that they do their best to preserve the Allan Rock quotation on the front cover, as I think it really helps to add credibility and legitimacy to this self-published novel. As well, while this is a satirical novel, there are serious themes that underlie the fun. Satire yes, slapstick no.
So now we wait for a couple of weeks. I’ll post the result when I receive it.