No point

depressing snow landscape

There is no point in travelling,
when you’ve no place to be.
No sense in searching,
when your heart cannot see.
And no doors will unlock,
when you don’t have a key.

There is no point in sowing,
where love cannot grow.
No questions worth asking,
of a life you can’t know.
And no reason for staying
when your heart says go.

There is no point in searching,
with dulled tired eyes.
No use in listening,
when you only hear lies
And no sense in living,
because everything dies.

Either Side of Midnight

e-book or paperback cover with two young girls back view

This is an imagined book cover, created with a royalty free image. The main typeface is Avenir Narrow.

Contact me if this image would be suitable for your novel (title and author changed of course) and if you’d like to use this design. Costs vary depending on whether it’s an ebook or paperback but around £80 ($100) is a good guide.

Short of an idea for your novel? Browse these imagined book covers and strap lines for ideas.

The original photo file came from pxhere.com. I brightened the image slightly and increased the contrast, but you might prefer the original slightly softer look.

original image for either side of midnight

Don’t Ask

book cover with angry woman

This is an imagined book cover, created with a royalty free image (somewhat retouched). The main typeface is Impact.

Contact me if this image would be suitable for your novel (title and author changed of course) and if you’d like to use this design. Costs vary depending on whether it’s an ebook or paperback but around £80 ($100) is a good guide.

Short of an idea for your novel? Browse these imagined book covers and strap lines for ideas.

The original photo file came from pexels.com and was a photo of a piece of graffiti, as you can see below.

original image for Don't Ask


A character spider

writing aid character spider

Spoiler alert
This character spider contains facts about characters in my second novel The Act of Falling that don’t appear in the text. If you know anything about personality disorders you would probably work them out anyway, but just thought I’d mention that.

The size of the circle
My focus is on Emily Hamton, therefore she takes centre stage in this diagram. However, the novel is written from the POV of Richard. The size of each circle is roughly the prominence of a character in the text. There are three circle sizes, therefore primary, secondary and bit part players.

My nerdy approach to plot and character
I usually have a broad idea of the plot and theme of the novel – although I’m personally not so concerned with the theme as it seems a bit like lecturing to your readers.

The plot develops intricacies as I write. I keep that under control in another way, which I will post here soon. The characters also develop and this graphic helps me to keep the salient points of their relationships and history consistent.

Sold

ebook or paperback cover showing a woman with dyed pink hair

This is an imagined book cover, created with a royalty free image (somewhat retouched). The main typeface is Goudy Old Style.

Contact me if this image would be suitable for your novel (title and author changed of course) and if you’d like to use this design. Costs vary depending on whether it’s an ebook or paperback but around £80 ($100) is a good guide.

Short of an idea for your novel? Browse these imagined book covers and strap lines for ideas.

The original photo file came from unsplash.com and I’ve cropped it heavily and lightened it while keeping the intense eyes.

original image for sold


All Around Me

paper back or book cover with crowd of people blurred

This is an imagined book cover, created with a royalty free image. The main typeface is Panther.

Contact me if this image would be suitable for your novel (title and author changed of course) and if you’d like to use this design. Costs vary depending on whether it’s an ebook or paperback but around £80 ($100) is a good guide.

Short of an idea for your novel? Browse these imagined book covers and strap lines for ideas.

The original photo file came from unsplash.com and I’ve done very little other than judiciously crop it and strengthen some colours.

original image for all around me