Cover: The Gribble’s Eye


I’m on the lookout for a cover concept. The Gribble’s Eye is “draft-ready” but we’re still working up the 50+ illustrations: 25 done, 25 more to do. This is the story of a teenage girl and her 20-something tutor and a couple of Greek myths who serendipitously team up to fight the minions of Chaos. The story takes place in northeast England and Scotland (Series #1).

(If anyone would like to volunteer as a beta reader — Widowcranky was gracious enough to have read it thus far — let me know.)



The covers (two so far) have sucked. I’m just not getting the idea-waves blasting through. This was the first cover (Yulian drew it and I hacked at it with crayons (photoshop) — but who could tell):







The second cover, both Widow and Yulian shot down with a .50 cal. BAR.

So, ideas? Live action YA covers seem popular these days (a photo with scenery/costumes later touched up with dramatic light/shading/text).

I’m open to any suggestions.



Third effort. This one after I discussed the options with the artist and Phil H. So, I went out back and with a hammer and screwdriver and chiseled an eye into the patio concrete. Then I found a blue sapphire marble on the net and copied it in with editing and such. It’s a first pass effort. But I think this might work.


13 responses to “Cover: The Gribble’s Eye

  • Phil Huston

    Live action etches the characters in stone. They belong to you or the art editor, not the reader. I’d read it again if it’s more story and less directive. The early devices were good. The drunk at the dinner table was well drawn. It’s a little like what I went through with JF here last week when one vehicle stopped and picked up three extra novels somewhere along the line. It’s not how much stuff you put in the burrito, it’s how well what you put in works together.

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    • Anony Mole

      I’m thinking of carving a single eyesocket (lid, tucks and crannies) in stone. Take a picture, and digitally insert 1/2 a sapphire marble as the iris/pupil. I’m gonna mock that up and see what it looks like.
      The reasoning is the story has this theme. The simplicity invites mystery. And the photo of actual stone would give concreteness and substance — “this exists.”


      • Phil Huston

        True. Rock is Rock. But with that sort of thing you need an Indiana Jones opening. Or, if you have the thing hidden, peering out of cobwebs or overgrowth, that works equally well, I liked the hard blue cover, but only for a conspiracy tech or strange secret cult murder type novel. I would have opened it had it been in the Grisham/Patterson/King/Roberts box at the Walgreens checkstand. They all look the same these days, hacks and writers alike. You can “Me, too” or better, research your demographic. rememeber you aren;t selling Harry Potter, who already has a movie star identitiy, so sell the glistening orb.

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      • Phil Huston

        from across the top, about 10 degrees up from horizontal, and into deep fade oblivion.

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  • Hariod Brawn

    Covers are really tricky, and so important to get right. The problem (as I see it) is that if they don’t look quite slick then the book gets written-off as yet another amateur effort, regardless of how good it (and much) amateur writing, actually is. To be frank, I don’t think you’ve hit the spot with either of these two. The typography on the first one isn’t good, and the second cover suggests something rather dull and quasi-academic. I’m struggling to organise the cover of a novella myself, so can sympathise with the problem you face. Sorry if my feedback is too blunt.

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  • George F.

    Congrats on your progress so far. I am not qualified to be a Beta reader at this point. PH?

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    • Anony Mole

      He struggled through the first 5k words. Not his cup-o-tea. And it was way rough at that point.
      Mostly, beta reading is just time — no one has any these days. Widow floored me by reading the whole thing (draft #2). And the Bend OR, author Duncan McGeary read 40k words providing some great advice. (He and I traded off beta efforts).
      And of course my editor/mother-in-chief has read it too many times by now.
      I’ll be posting the images, one at a time, with an abridged version of the story on my other blog starting here soon (marketing).

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