Style Evolution: Creating a Cover

For those of you who don’t already know, yesterday was a HUGE day for Alice. Her cover was revealed to the world, with EXCELLENT reception.

Honestly, I don’t know how it could have gone any other way. My editor outdid herself with the cover design. The color scheme is breathtaking and the attention to detail makes it an image that I could look at over and over again and never get bored.

So what goes into making a beautiful cover? Well, turns out A LOT. Alice had several faces before she got her final ‘look,’ and I thought it would be fun to share with you the different stages of her development.


Alice Z



This is the first cover that I gave Alice, and it was very rough. It was just a quick sketch that I made during my brainstorming process, and basically only seen by my husband and I while I worked on my first draft. As you can see, even the title is different! My original working title was Alice Z, for Alice and her zombies (momerath).


Alice Z/ Alice in Wanderland

alice z.jpg

You can see Alice has grown up quite a bit in this picture, and it looks more like it fits a YA novel. When I finished my draft I decided to run a Publishizer campaign to try and fund my book. To do this, it was recommended that I provide an actual cover. I purchased this image on an E-Book cover site that allowed me to add in my own font and title spacing. All things considered, it worked pretty well. What was even nicer was later, when I decided to change the working title to Alice in Wanderland, it was an easy fix (except I can’t seem to find any saved files on my computer to show *whomp whomp*)


Alice in Wanderland



Alright, now we’re getting fancy! At this stage, I had signed with my AMAZING publishing company (PenName Publishing) and we were working towards production. During the cover drafting, this was one of the options I was given and This is one of my covers that was drafted by my editor and it was our early favorite. I was also talking with my publisher about changing the title of the book, so we knew there were still some kinks to work out. It wasn’t 100% finalized, but I was pretty confident a variation of ‘dark Alice’ was going to be my cover.



And the Winner Is….


As you can see, this cover is drastically different from the last one. It was thrown in on a last minute whim by my editor and I absolutely fell in love with it. We thought the bold contrast of the red on the black with the subtle details of the flowers in the background made it a dramatic piece that showed the danger of Wanderland and the whimsy of Wonderland perfectly.

And that, my friends, is how my cover was made. It was a long process, but oh so worth it. I absolutely could not be more thrilled with my cover and I am so very excited to share it with you.


How did you like Alice’s style evolution? I think she grew up quite nicely, but what do YOU think? I’d love to hear, please comment and share below!

Welcome to Wanderland!Β 



6 thoughts on “Style Evolution: Creating a Cover

  1. From what I’ve heard about the book I think the cover suits it perfectly! It’s really cool to see the evolution that the cover took, I’ll be honest though I’m glad that it didn’t go down the line of the second on the list, it just looks too generic and not fantasy enough if that makes sense πŸ™‚

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