Finally...the little mouse gets his moment.
After months of set backs and date changes, the final proof of Making Trakz was approved on 18th November 2015 after several changes to layout and some internal shuffling.
Available from all good bookstores, you can see the final product and reviews here. Released 30th November 2015 at just £7.99.
It took a great deal of planning and involved trialling the cover with an early release of the kindle version to test the market, but after some minor tweaks and adjustments, we think we have delivered another iconic cover.
In 2012 we released Spikez, but not without four years of development and design rethinks. Here are some of the initial design ideas and the final outcome of Spikez, and also some draft layouts of the future Spikez books to give you a flavour of the content and what to expect from us.
|Near final cover proof August 2012|
|The final cover of Spikez October 2012|
If you look closely you can see that the title was resized and given a gradient, and the author text was also adjusted to stand out more. It really made the final product more striking.
After Spikez went to print we discussed the theme of future Spikez books, including the Making Trakz prequel. The initial ideas can be seen below.
The idea was to make the covers more obvious when the book was opened and being read. However, to make people pick up the book we really wanted a striking front cover. Each subsequent Spikez book will keep the colour schemes shown above, but will look VERY different and much more striking as you will see.
Here you should be able to notice a few things. Firstly, the continuation of tracks across the spine, and secondly the texture added to the rodent. The use of binary code links with the AI theme of the book and the key words feature in the book blurb. Adding the green in Spikez also gives the cover variation and carries on the theme into this book.
And there it is, a brief history of cover design for Making Trakz, the latest animal-cyborg offering from Burton Mayers Books. Sorry it took longer than expected.