The Wrap Around Cover

Underdog Anthology 6, ‘The Gallows Stone’, is just about ready for loading. Interiors for print and eBook versions are finished. I now have to do the hardest part of all, a roughly 100-word summary of the book. Everything else is on hold while I do this, including my new toy which arrived today (it’s a little laser engraver, I dare not take it out of the packaging until the book is completed).

This is going to be my first attempt at a wrap-around one piece cover. It has advantages – the printing process sometimes leaves a bit of spine on the front or back covers and vice versa. With a whole image that won’t matter. I can also have different fonts and different coloured texts on the spine which is not an option the ‘traditional’ way.

It has disadvantages. To get  the spine text lined up properly, I have to get the image size exactly right. There will be some drift in printing, I have noticed it already, but that text has to stay firmly on the spine. This is not as easy as the printer sites would have you believe.

Soon, CreateSpace will be no more. Everything going on to Amazon will go through Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) including print books. Okay, that’s not a bad idea, it will make loading easier and quicker but… KDP’s cover creator is not compatible with the one CreateSpace used. I don’t yet know how serious this is but in a worst case scenario, I might have to redo the cover of every book in the Leg Iron Books catalogue.

I didn’t use their formatted covers, I loaded images that either I or the authors had produced. So it might not be a problem at all unless they have different cutoff points for cover text. That remains to be seen. If I do have to redo the covers I’d like to go for one piece wraparounds rather than separate front, back and spine images. Therefore I need the practice.

So, for Underdog Anthology 6, I have downloaded a template for a 130-page book (well, they have templates for 120 and 140 pages, so I will probably have to resize) and have begun the cover preparation. It’s a learning curve and I’d rather do it on an anthology where the authors get paid regardless of outcome than on a novel/story collection where the author is waiting for royalties. If I mess this up I’m the only one who loses out.

Anyway, the Gallows Stone cover has an image of, potentially, a real Gallows Stone that is built into the house I live in. I don’t know exactly where it is but I know which part of the house it’s in – the part added in the 1830s. And I now know where that is. It’s the part in the cover image. I can’t be sure of which of the stones are part of the original gallows stone but that’s part of the fun.

Well anyway. I have to write about 100 words, every one of which will be torn with fiery tongs from my bleeding soul because every one of them has to be exactly right. It was a damn sight easier to write the stories in the book. It’s going to take hours and whisky.

In the meantime, here’s the cover without the back cover words. I’m thinking graffiti style.

8 thoughts on “The Wrap Around Cover

  1. My money is on the biggest chunks of stone being those sourced from the gallows; I would also think that the corners of the building would be where stone quality was most critical. Certainly this is the case in flint areas; you see buildings made of flint rubble in lime mortar concrete, faced with broken flint, but the cornerstones are always of a better quality stone brought in from somewhere else. Stone is heavy and expensive to transport, difficult to shape as well.

    Looking at the field walls near where I think Leggy lives, I can see a lot of the sort of surface stone that you’d expect for this sort of an area. Field walls are generally made of whatever you can pick up locally, and only very rarely does anyone ever bother shaping it. For this reason a good scout round the field walls of an area is a really good idea if you’re looking for archaeology in a locality; many’s the Roman altar stone that has ended up in a wall before an archaeologist spotted it.

    The exception is where you had a gentleman farmer buy a farm and splurge money on everything. That happened near Adel, North Leeds; a nouveaux riche Victorian chap called Edwin Edison bought the area, and had people smartening up the field walls by shaping the normally rather rough millstone grit into nice shapes, which is a pain in the bum for me because this is right next to a big Roman fort and other stuff, and it would be nice to use field walls to assess what is where.

    Leggy doesn’t live in such an area. The field walls aren’t huge and they’re not made of big stones, so any time you see anything big in a building, someone’s dug it up specially. There’s something of a cultural kinship between Yorkshiremen like myself and the Scots; neither like spending money if we don’t have to. An old gallows wouldn’t be spooky, it’d be “Look at all this good building stone just lying here”.

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    • Another thing about this part of the country – nobody bothers changing things that don’t need to be changed. The original road from 1600-something (maybe even earlier) is still here and still walkable Driveable even, with a high clearance car. With retaining walls and milestones intact 🙂 When they put in the new road they just forgot about the old one. Farmers still use it so it’s kept clear. They’ve even maintained the old bridge that nobody uses because few people know where it goes 😀

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