For “Immortal” I was playing with a concept of rotating the title and byline 90°—having them run up the side of the cover instead of the more traditional horizontal treatment, which I’ve been getting bored of. All I knew starting out is the cover had to incorporate a couple key elements: a desert world orbiting a gas giant, and a female soldier. Read on for a tour of how I created the final cover.
For quick book cover mock-ups, I like to work on my phone. It’s convenient and I can fiddle with ideas anywhere, anytime. Here’s a quick rundown of the apps I generally use.