Book Cover Design Takes Home the Gold

Ooligan Press acquired the manuscript for this memoir late last summer, and I was embroiled with eighteen other projects at the time. It wasn’t until a few days after Christmas that I woke up in the wee hours of the morning and realized it was the perfect time to get to the heart of Sean Davis‘ untitled (at the time) manuscript. It was only me, my computer, and the mere mortals who peopled Mr. Davis’ narrative, there in the dark for hours. I found it to be such a well-balanced and grounded account of life’s unapologetic unevenness. I was absolutely engrossed, and I devoured it over the course of that night and the next day, stopping pretty much just for dinner and some sleep. Oh, I think I fed the dog too, somewhere in there.

The project managers had been in possession of this thing for six months, and had already gotten started on production, so I was rather late to the party. And I was so exuberant in my semi-obsession, I think I may have annoyed them a little. I immediately signed up to be on the editing team—not that I felt that the manuscript was in need of extensive edits, but because I was about to graduate and probably wouldn’t have time to go through the design process on this one.

Long story short, I made time. After the second round of edits, I was inspired. I annoyed—oops, I mean contacted—the design manager and joined her team. I churned out eight or nine comps almost immediately as themes and motifs from the story were banging around inside my head. I won’t lie, some of them were utter rubbish, but one stood out. It was rather plain in the beginning, but it kept surviving the critiques. Its biggest strengths were these;  it consistently weathered the ever-evolving design guidelines, and it was anchored, start to finish, by my desire to deliver an image that would honor and support the narrative.

Ooligan Press will launch The Wax Bullet War in Spring of 2014.

Cover art for Sean Davis' memoir of service, loss, and healing through art therapy

Final Artwork Awaiting Back Cover Copy

2 Responses to “Book Cover Design Takes Home the Gold”
  1. Lailah Hamblin says:

    You are such a good writer, Gina! You should write your own book. Oh wait, you have…or you are in the process?

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