While browsing /r/selfpublish a few weeks ago, I came across a fellow named Faus who designs book covers for both e-book and hardcopy, as well as manages websites. His site is www.fausga.com. I checked out his work, e-mailed him about finding him on Reddit, and solicited some work to get some more book cover concepts. Here are his preliminary designs:
I really like the circuit jack design. It is very much suggestive of a wormhole or portal through which something will come or go, and of course that is a central tenet of the book. If I could ask for alteration – and I can! – it would be to infuse some sort of gamer vibe. I’m not sure how to do that. The only other alteration would be the title text. I like the brightness of it – how it glows off the page – but the font makes it a little hard to read. The author text is great. If we could use the author text for the title text – or even something like the title text from the second design – I think we’d be really close.
My perfect world would be to take the color and style from the circuit jack concept and port them into my girlfriend’s design. The circuit jack is exactly the feel of the cover I want, but the imagery from my girlfriend’s design is better when it comes to the story (the difference is she’s read the book).