The importance of book cover design – and it’s not what you think

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Beat The Rain initial book cover concepts
"Mrs. Peate's book cover designs were so on point that they actually changed how I felt about my novel."

The importance of book cover design – and it’s not what you think

The cover design for Beat The Rain has been a really interesting journey for me – and was a big part of the highs and lows of editing the manuscript as well as my search for an agent and publisher.

When I finished my first draft, I rushed into sending it to a chosen 8 agents. It was a bruising experience – all rejected me (see Go for 80 rejections like Marlon James for more on this).

In the meantime, the lovely Mrs Peate, one of the fantastic designers and illustrators I’ve had the pleasure of working with for many years, agreed to come up with some cover design concepts for me.

So, after my initial round of agent rejections, I spent about a few weeks thinking Beat The Rain was probably the worst novel ever written and that I’d been a blind fool to think I could write one, let alone get published.

Then Mrs.Peate sent through her first cover concepts – and they were so on point that they actually changed how I felt about my novel. They made me believe in it again.

You can see the original concepts and the final book design on her website: Mrs Peate

Reinvigorated – and armed with actual reader reviews gathered from letting people read the opening chapters on my website – I decided to approach 8 publishers – and 3 wanted it.

I have no idea what the moral of this story is – but I’ll be forever indebted to to the lovely Mrs.Peate and all of the work she did – simply for the love of creativity and because she’s nice.

Oh, and my publisher also loves her design and it’s going to be the final book cover for the novel when it’s published in the coming months. So she’s not only nice, but incredibly talented too.

You can see the final book cover designs here: Beat The Rain – a novel

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Beat The Rain is published by Roundfire Books and will be available in bookstores on 29 July 2016.

The novel is available to pre-order now from Amazon or Waterstones.

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