I thought I might share a recent project: some quick comps I produced recently with a book packaging partner for a proposal. A glimmer of our prodigious collaboration follows:
Book Packager: The concept: They Lied! The Truth About Famous Liars — a middle-grade book profiling 30 liars, their scams, and why they got caught.
Tom Carling: Got it. A quick thought for the cover: Polygraph "typography" spelling out the title?
BP: Ooh, yeah.
BP: Hmmmm, not sure we nailed it. Too esoteric. It's got to hit in the gut.
TC: If you want gut-punching, let's try the cover as a tabloid front page.
BP: OK, something memorable for a photo. Someone covering his face in shame.
TC: I'm thinking no pic, BIG TYPE!
BP: If you can do it with all text, great. I'm all eyes.
BP: Nice going! Now for the interior.
TC: Let’s stick with newspaper concept for the spreads, yes?
BP: Absolutely. I think one straight-up and one hardcore tabloid.
BP: Good stuff! I like them. That’s a wrap! Fingers crossed.
Despite VERY enthusiastic initial receptions, the proposal was ultimately orphaned in a publisher’s reorganization. But hey, if this might be a good fit for your house, we’re all ears — we’d love to make this book with you. And that’s the truth.