As the layout monkey for each and every Barking Rain Press book, one of the most challenging parts is creating the complete cover; that is, the front cover, the spine, and the back cover. Once I know how many pages are in a book, I can calculate the spine width and generate the cover template and get started. Of course, the front half of the project is already done, since one of our fabulous cover artists has already created that part of the artwork.
But that’s where it gets tricky, because whatever I design for the spine and the back cover has to match up with the front cover. And in some respects, that’s even harder than staring at a totally blank template. Continue reading