30. October 2013 · Comments Off on Book Cover Design Project · Categories: Photography, Web Site Examples

Jeff McCord asked me to design the cover for his novel, Undocumented Visitors in a Pirate Sea.  He also wanted me to help him with the submission process for publishing the book on the Amazon Kindle. Here’s a description of the story:

“A dead Marine washed ashore on a Caribbean island leads investigators to otherworldly perpetrators in historic pirate waters, and high level abuses in Washington. Intrepid maritime historian Thayer Harris, Ph.D working the case for U.S. Naval Intelligence discovers a 60-year record of extraterrestrial activity in the Caribbean basin. History and national security politics meet science fiction in this mystery based on exhaustive factual research and informed conjecture.”

Designing the book cover was a lot of fun.  Jeff had definite ideas about what he wanted on the cover: “the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy, a pirate flag, and some sort of UFO image.”  We lucked out because there are two great images in the public domain we could use of the Kennedy and a pirate flag.  I used Photoshop to remove the helicopter from the Kennedy  photo and add a more interesting sky from another photo of mine.  Then I used Illustrator to design the text on the cover.book cover

To publish a book for the Kindle you need to have your book manuscript in HTML format.  Jeff wrote the book in MS Word and sent me the Word document to work with. There’s a function in MS Word that converts a Word document into an HTML file, which I used.  The result was an ugly pile of junk code that sort of worked.  I spent more time cleaning up the code than I would have doing the HTML myself.  Lesson learned: don’t use the MS Word convert to HTML function.  Now the book is available to purchase and read, if you have a Kindle:  Undocumented Visitors in a Pirate Sea

We just finished working on a hard copy version of the book, which will be available soon.  Jeff asked me to format the manuscript for printing.  I started with his Word document and converted it into one of the templates provided by Amazon CreateSpace.

Now it’s up to Jeff to market the book.  Here’s an early press release:

press release

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