So, this is kind of a new one for us. We haven’t really ever done one of these before, so there was a lot of learning to be done.
Since the first trilogy in the Tellest grand series is out, I knew that I wanted to put together a bundle for readers – something that they could get for a bargain that let them get their hands on all the stories at one time.
To get to that point, we needed to wait for the covers for the individual novels to be completed. Leo worked tirelessly on The Bindings of Fate, As Darkness Falls and The Enemy Within, and we landed with three spectacular pieces of art.
After that, I went to Paul, who is just so adept at putting together components into a nice package, and wrapping it with a nice bow. We decided to make a nice 3D Box image that we would see the spines of the books within.
Our first mockup is very rudimentary. It had the basic package design in place, complete with the Tellest logo and tagline up at the top. That’s great for a website, but the motto doesn’t really hold to this particular boxed set. We also had the books out of order, and the spines are a little boring by themselves.
Another small adjustment that we tried was adding a sword to the front cover. It fills the space, and it’s simple enough that it doesn’t hurt the spine artwork.
This update was more complete, and more indicative of the final package. You can see that the books were reordered chronologically, and the spines were adjusted so that the more interesting aspects of the full covers were seen – obviously this wouldn’t be possible with a physical book set, but since this is digital, we were free to make it look as awesome as possible.
The front cover was redesigned a little bit, too, with Child of the Stars Trilogy taking up the biggest piece of real estate. The motto was dropped and the logo was moved up too.
And here’s the final piece. We centered the title a little better and Paul worked his magic on some finishing touches. In the end, I think we had a great product that we could deliver to new fans of the world of Tellest!