I’m currently writing my second novel, The Falconer’s Knot, and I’m already thinking about how to present it as a finished book. A commonly-used device is to “appropriate” (alright, steal) the very familiar design template set down by Penguin Paperbacks decades ago. This makes sense, as it’s the shark of book designs, evolutionarily perfect from every angle and reliably efficient, but it does lead to a certain homogeneity on the shelves, especially in the ‘Independent Publishers’ section. All that said, I thought I’d try out options, using a scan of the original painting. I’m not sure if any of these will end up on the book when it is eventually published, but it is a useful part of the creative process.

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