The Challenge of Season Compilation Book Covers
One of the tricks of serialized books is coming up with a season compilation cover which looks a) different enough not to confuse readers that it’s a compilation and not another episode in the series b) similar enough that it maintains the look of the series.
Originally, I created this cover for Yesterday’s Gone, based on the Episode One cover.
But it doesn’t exactly lend to the appearance that you’re getting several books.
You know, the whole “box set” look.
I’ve noticed some authors are using 3D box sets for collections on Amazon, and it seemed a good way to distinguish six books instead of one, making the compilation’s value stand out a bit more.
So, with some help from a graphic artist, we designed a 3D box set.
Here’s the “box set” image we uploaded to Amazon.
Even worse is the colors on the spines.
While they worked well enough on the individual episode COVERS, the colors look a bit washed out and bland in the box set.
Would you buy THIS box set?
I don’t like this look at all.
BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD
That’s when I happened upon an image of a box set that I actually liked.
And it wasn’t a cheesy 3D looking one, but something entirely different. George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones box set for the Kindle edition. While the hardcover box set was an actual photo of a REAL box set the publisher produced, the Kindle edition shows nothing but the spines.
And it looks pretty awesome.
So I decided to make box sets for each of our season compilations.
The idea here was to take the most memorable or best cover from the season, and lay it out over the span of book spines, which I’ve seen done effectively on actual box sets of print books.
The first two books are square, while the second set (for WhiteSpace) is more in line with the actual 6×9 book size (if the books were printed). They should all be live on Amazon within a few days.
Here they are. Which covers do you like better? The original flat cover? The 3D box set? Or the spines? Let me know in the comments.
Our Newest Designed Season Compilation Covers
Yesterday’s Gone Season One – get it here at Amazon.
Yesterday’s Gone: Season Two Box Set get it here at Amazon.
And our newest compilation, WhiteSpace: Season One – coming out next Tuesday.
Link to come when the full season is available on Tuesday.