This month, Deborah Bradseth at Tugboat Design reimagines the cover of Roliath by Amber Schunk-Clubb, who describes the redesign process as “a great experience” and plans to work with Bradseth on the cover of the second book in the series.

The original cover conveyed the right tone and genre but needed the addition of eye-catching visuals to draw in readers.

The author suggested including characters on the cover, which creates a dynamic, eye-catching visual. By varying their shading—from color to sepia to black-and-white—the images stand out but don’t compete with one another.

As the top of the cover is the focal point, I used a less-intense image at the bottom to indicate the tone and provide a setting, without making the book jacket overwhelming.

I chose a thick sans-serif font and inserted a lot of space between each letter to add to the sense of suspense conveyed in the design.

Original Cover

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