Want To Be On A Book Cover?

I’ll be bringing out new ebook editions of Resonance and Shift in May which means … new covers! Here’s the original Baen cover for Resonance, cover art by Alan Pollack. I really like it but, as with many covers, some people love it but the more vociferous appeared to hate it. And purists thought it a little strange that Graham Smith – the shy and retiring, office messenger with OCD – should look like Jerry O’Connell from Sliders. But that’s the world of covers, they’re there, primarily, to make you pick up the book, not necessarily give a snapshot of what to expect in the book.

Or so the marketing gurus would have us believe.

So, my plan for the new cover is to switch the emphasis to the heroine – Annalise Mercado – who, after all, is both photogenic and outgoing. Graham would be too embarrassed to appear on a cover. People would look at him, whereas Annalise is used to it.

So, would you like to be Annalise?

Graham describes her as attractive in a street urchin sort of way. Her age varies from 18-22. And… she hears voices. All from girls called Annalise.

There are 200 of them, each with their own history and their own distinctive hairstyles. Annalise One likes the Xena look. Annalise Seven and Fifteen love the bright orange bob.

I don’t want to give too much of the plot away but the book, for a while, can be downloaded for free here.

My plan for the cover is to have the face of Annalise Fifteen front and centre, with the faces of the other Annalises swirling around. So, I’m looking for a face which I can then duplicate and add various hairstyles to. You don’t have to have a bright orange bob wig – though it would help.

If you’re interested, send a jpeg (about 500×400) to [email protected] and the winner will be immortalised.

On the subject of covers and manipulating faces, I was interested to see the results that people have been getting from merging different faces to produce composites. Take a look here at a five face merge to produce a completely different woman with a ghostly ethereal look.

I might do something similar with Shift.


Chris Dolley is an English author living in France with a frightening number of animals. His novel – Resonance (Baen) – can be downloaded for free here. More information about his other work can be found on his  BVC bookshelf .

Recently released from Book View Press: French Fried true crime, animals behaving badly and other people’s misfortunes. Imagine A Year in Provence with Miss Marple and Gerald Durrell.

International Kittens of Mystery. If you like a laugh and looking at cute kitten pictures this is the book for you. It’s a  glance inside the International Kittens of Mystery – the only organisation on the planet with a plan to deal with a giant ball of wool on a collision course with Earth. Forget  Bruce Willis and his team of miners. Send for the kitties!

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