New Cover Reveal: Pyramid 76

My sci-fi thriller short story “Pyramid 76” has been out for a while now and I decided it was time for an update of its cover art.  The original P76 covercover was the product of a half hour’s work with my laptop’s built-in graphics program.  (One of my beta-readers absolutely hated it at first sight.)   It wasn’t particularly good, since I’m no wizard with visual art and was in a hurry, and it was more of a stop-gap cover than anything else.

However, a few weeks later, I had a brainstorm about how I wanted the final cover to look.  None of the artists I know were interested in doing and I didn’t have the art skills to pull it off with a pencil or paints.  That left photography, which meant props were needed.  Unfortunately, some of those props (like the medical bottles) are a little hard to come by.  Then, last week I had a lucky break and got some that would work.  After that, some fancy work with some superglue and playing cards and it was photo time.

Getting the picture turned out a little harder than I thought it would be, thanks to some unwanted help (pestering) from onlookers and the bad shape of the background cloth.  None of the numerous shots I took looked particularly great, but while I may not be any good with a pencil, graphics programs are DEFINITELY within my abilities.

After some judicious smudging, blearing, copying, color balance modifications, and other assorted photoshopping (oh, and a neon outline mask) I had four different cover versions.  I ran those by several readers and they all settled on this one as the best suited to “Pyramid 76”.

RevealCoverI’m pretty pleased with it and all the people I showed it to were impressed.  The blend of sci-fi and realistic feels like it’s balanced just right to fit the story.  Each element in it is important to the story in one way or another.  (you’ll have to read it to know just how, though!)

All in all, this cover really finishes “Pyramid 76”.  The story had been feeling incomplete for a while now, but that feeling is gone.  The cover is the part of the book that snags the very first bit of the reader’s attention.  What do you think?  Does this one do its job?

PS. Since this story is now officially ‘completed’, it now appears on my Goodreads Author’s Page.  Please, stop by and add it to your ‘to-read’ list (if you haven’t read it) or to your ‘read’ list (if you have).  And, remember, reviews are pure gold to any author!


16 thoughts on “New Cover Reveal: Pyramid 76

  1. Love it!! This new cover would make me want to buy the book if it were in a bookstore or viewed online!! Brilliant!! I’m thinking of doing my own cover for my novella as the premade ones you get on Amazon just aren’t up to scratch!! I’d say you’ve done an amazing job on this, and as I’ve read the story, the subject matter really links well with Pyramid 76! 🙂

    • Thank you! 😀 After all the work I put into it, I’m glad it does its job!!

      Indeed, pre-made simply doesn’t work well. 😉 Every element in this cover directly relates to the story. My dad hasn’t read Pyramid 76, but after seeing the cover, he knew there was a house of cards just waiting to fall. 😀

      If you do choose to do your own cover, email me! I’ve got a list as long as my arm of useful software, tip sites, how-tos, etc. XD

      • Thanks! I appreciate that! Technology isn’t always my friend, but occasionally I manage to do something I didn’t believe I was capable of!! Such as resizing pictures, which in the end wasn’t as much of a chore as I’d originally dreaded!! 🙂

        • Quite welcome. I’m a bit of a tech magician, so it’s not TOO tough for me, but I’m really bad at visual art. 😉 Gotta make up for lack talent with hard work in that area.

          I used “GIMP” editor for this cover and it is SUPER useful.

          • Well, once my cover was up for Sorceress: Beware What You Believe, my eldest two had a look and were not impressed, to say the least. Basically, the commentary went something like, mum, in future let us sort out the cover for your books!! I sort of hung my head in shame and mutely agreed!! 🙂

          • Well, *I* was impressed by it. 🙂 It was no “Way of Kings” cover, but it was really good for a pre-made. But I’ll bet they can do a way better job for you. 🙂

          • My eldest did the cover for Wolf Born and she put in the mist-wolf, cut out the guy standing on top of that ancient head of a statue, put in the title…Basically just took images and did the thing from scratch herself!! She also did my Asarl’s Order cover, Elemental and the original House of Sept cover! 🙂

  2. Lars

    Well, those covers that I’ve seen (Wolfborn and the original House of Sept) were pretty awesome!

    • Thanks!! For publication I’m looking to step it up a notch! 🙂

  3. T.O.B.T

    Aw. . come on, we were HELPING you, you couldn’t have gotten that perfect picture without us 😉
    And beside being annoyed builds character (even if those people ‘helping’ don’t have any) 😛

  4. T.O.B.T

    But, if it helps the picture looks AWESOME!

  5. Aerin

    For the record, the unnamed critical beta has declared herself completely satisfied and not merely a little impressed with the symbolism, results, and imagery of this second cover.

    • *bows* Glad to have finally met said unnamed beta reader’s approval, in re book covers. 😀

  6. Chesshire

    Good cover.

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