Last week, Adventure Worlds Press released the cover Christian Laforet designed for A Place That Used to Be! In case you missed it, here it is:
It was a bit of a process getting to this final, awesome design. Originally, I’d asked Sarah Kivell to take photos we could use for the cover. She’s an incredible photographer, and I love the work she does with film. The results were inspired by the book; I especially love this one:
But the best laid plans, as they say. Although Christian and I went back and forth with ideas about how to use Sarah’s photos in the design, nothing we came up with did them justice.
Christian obliged me by putting together some free-form covers, but they didn’t fit what we were looking for either.
The turning point for this cover was when we discussed a couple of images from the book. I mentioned that there’s a scene with a rabbit skull in the third part of the novel, and Christian asked if I’d prefer a photo or drawn graphic.
The result is this striking cover that features a rabbit skeleton that Christian made himself. Amazing!
It taught me a lot about creative collaborating. Although it’s wonderful to have complete creative freedom, it’s important to have some kind of direction or structure. Also, not everything you want to happen is going to work out. The project isn’t a chemical formula. Although I’m really sad that we didn’t get to incorporate Sarah’s photos, I’m thankful that Christian used his talents to make something that only he could make!
That’s our cover story. Hope you like it!
Coming up next week – I’ll tell you about a side project I’ve been working on connected to The Patch Project!
Do you have a collaborative experience like this one? What are some creative things you’ve made with collaborators?