Posted on 03/03/2014 at 12:00 AM by Jeffrey Bruner

An occasional feature about book covers and how they were designed.

The cover for Carrie Elks' novel "Fix You" is a wonderful example of getting creative without breaking the bank ... just some vinyl :) I asked Carrie to write a little bit about how the idea came together:

"It was a labor of love for both myself and the designer, Athila Pereira. We wanted something that would represented the fractured relationship between the two main protagonists of the story, and at first we experimented with broken mirrors and glass. Unfortunately these didn’t work as well as we’d hoped, and it was time to go back to the drawing board. That’s when one of my pre-readers suggested we use a smashed vinyl record as the center piece of the cover. When I sent the suggestion to Athila, he went one better by putting both the title and my author name on the label of the record, which was a genius move. I have to admit that when he sent me the proof very early in the morning, UK time, I got a bit over-excited.

I like the cover because it represents the book without being a specific scene from the story. Not only does it show the broken relationship between the hero and heroine, but it also alludes to the theme of rock music which you can see throughout the book. Mainly I like it because I’m a bit of a vinyl nerd myself, and it appeals to the retro side of me that misses being able to flick through albums in a record shop on a Saturday morning."

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