Hey booknerds! Now that the cover for “Resistor” is out in the wild and all the character art for the first book has been shown, I figure this is the perfect time to not only talk about the cover in more detail, but the character art itself, as well as explain how the pre-order art works. I am so insanely proud and happy with how everything turned out that I hope you love it all just as much as I do, and I hope you share “Resistor” with your family, friends, and everyone in between.
So let’s talk about that cover super-fast! It was done by the talented crew at ebooklaunch, with the very same designer who did my Monster of Selkirk series! I loved how those covers turned out, so naturally I wanted to use the same team, but given the change in genre, I needed a completely different format. Usually I shy away from putting my main character on the cover of my books as I don’t want to contradict the readers imagination, but not only does this cover fit with the genre, but Ellinor is so vivid in my mind and so distinct with her eyes, hair, the weapons she uses, etc. that it felt like a missed opportunity not to have her cocky-self shown front and center this time around. The next covers may even include more of the characters as Ellinor’s adventure continues, but we’ll see!
As for the character art, I see all these big book boxes that come with mugs inspired by amazing book series, book sleeves, candles, and that’s on top of the traditional character art prints. I couldn’t do the more elaborate art swag this time around, which is why the character art isn’t just a posed drawing of the characters, but rather scenes from the book so more of the characters personalities can shine through. That’s why I’m doing a playing card deck for these books as well. They’re functional, but in a way that you can use them with friends, which hopefully makes them a bit more special. But you may ask why I chose Kai and Jelani to be playing cards in addition to Ellinor. Simple: those two were my beta reader’s favorite characters. Plus, this allows me to add to the deck of characters as the characters themselves become more important, so even if one character is introduced in an early book but gets a bigger role in the next book, I can save his character card for the sequel. See? There is a method to all of my madness!
As for the pre-order incentives, I know it can be a tad confusing given that the paperback book is currently available for purchase ahead of the eBook, and you can currently buy signed paperbacks from my Etsy shop, as well. Never fear! Hopefully this helps clear things up:
You can either email me or the publisher Starfish Ink, or message me on Instagram or Facebook showing that you bought/pre-ordered Resistor, and then I will mail you the playing cards. As for the polaroid of Ellinor and her crew, that will be a giveaway prize for every 5 reviews "Resistor" gets, though I may have some extra goodies to giveaway for that later, too! These giveaways will be open for everyone though, so if you’ve read Resistor, reviewed it everywhere your heart desires, and just loved it so much, you can request the polaroid from me as well. But this isn’t included with the pre-orders mainly because you’ll better know who is who in Ellinor’s crew once you’ve read the book.
So there you have it! A little behind the scenes, some explanations, and a whole lot of art! Who could ask for more? Let me know what you think of the cover, the types of bookish swag you love most, or if you have any more questions about the pre-orders and how to get the “Resistor” art for yourself! And, if you’ve already bought your copies, I also have another custom Spotify playlist for “Resistor” for you to enjoy!