James Quinn Overall Winner
Thriller Author and Overall Winner of #Awethors Book Cover Wars.
What inspired your Book Cover?
The original cover of A Game For Assassins was very different. I was a self published author at first and I basically made do with what I thought was right and whatever I could get hold of.
When I was signed to my current publisher (Creativia) we worked in bringing the book up to scratch in terms of formatting/editing, etc, etc. An important part of this was recognising that the cover (the first thing the buyer sees) should also be spruced up and should be eye-catching.
The publisher felt that they needed a better image to portray the era of the Cold War and that the book was a hard edged thriller. I was sent three basic images to look over.
The first two looked more at home as either a ‘Cops and Robbers’ b
ook and the other one was so vague that it didn’t really reflect what we were trying to say.
But the third image had a starkness and mystery to it that just caught the eye, without a doubt. As much as I loved it there was still something missing from it…….something that needed adding. I mentioned that I liked the idea of a rifle scope aligned on the head of the man walking in the picture, so as to reflect that this book was grounded in the world of political assassination. A day later the publisher and his team came back to me with an image that eventually made it onto the front cover of AGFA. And it looks great!!