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image from the book The Brittle Sea

My current work in progress is ‘The Brittle Sea’ and this is set at the time of the sinking of the Titanic. I’ve created my own cover as those of you who have read the excerpts will have seen, a version of which is above. But I have bowed to peer pressure and engaged a professional designer (not my words) who did a mock-up for me.

In my brief for this gig I said the novel is set around the time of the sinking of the Titanic. I also attached my cover, in order for the professional designer (not my words) to understand what the novel is about.

My design shows a sinking ship, the Titanic. Here’s the professional designer’s (not my words) cover.

image The Brittle Sea cover

This cover shows a submarine next to the Titanic! Where did a submarine feature in the disaster? The design wasn’t expensive, just a fiver, but I okayed it from a thumbnail and it wasn’t until I had paid and fully downloaded it, then viewed it full screen that I saw the submarine.

This is a great example of a professional designer (not my words) either ignoring or not bothering to read the brief. I say professional designer (not my words) but use that term very loosely as this person was advertising on a website (that I shall not name, but features the number five in its title) that acts as a vehicle for professionals (not my words) in all sorts of disciplines. I will be steering clear of this in future and will also not be engaging a ‘real’ designer because quite honestly, I think my covers are quite good. And let’s face it, my books do sell so I must be doing something right. Right?

Tom Kane © 2019

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