Cover reveals are always as exciting as the actual release of a book. What’s more exciting is learning about the process of creating book covers. Ever wonder why some books have different ARC covers than their final release copy? Or if your favorite new book could have had a more successful cover?
Christian Fuenfhausen has experienced it all. He was happy to share some of his successful and not so successful cover creation stories in:
I found a sinister photo of a guy in a hoodie and turned it into a high-contrast line art. To lessen the dark feel of it, I added a goofy smiling vampire, almost as an afterthought. I think I spent four minutes on the logo, time was a crunch. The big problem was all the type: a long series title, a long title plus the author’s name. There just wasn’t real estate, or rather, all that type ruined my beautiful band t-shirt esthetic so I tried to put the title and author in huge letters. . . on the back cover. Somehow, miraculously, they went for it. (When Heather became a Big Deal later, we moved her name to the cover)
Christian Fuenfhausen has been designing book covers and jackets since 2002. Though once a senior designer at Penguin Young Readers Group, he can’t draw his way out of paper bag and really doesn’t have much in the way of art school background at all, really, truth be told. Currently, he freelances for a host of clients including Penguin, Random House, Disney-Hyperion, Harper-Collins, Macmillan, Abrams, Soho Press, and Milkweed Editions, where he got his start. When he’s not designing YA novels, he’s procrastinating over writing his own novel or avoiding writing said novel by playing french horn. He lives a short walk from the Atlantic ocean just south of Cape Canaveral.