The next element of my self-publishing masterplan is a badass-looking book cover. With the aid of my extremely limited Photoshop skills, a free font and a public domain image courtesy of the British Library’s Flickr Stream I cobbled together this easy-to-read, does-what-it-says-on-the-tin monochrome delight:
Now, it’s not obviously vampirey, but I wanted to steer clear of the trends you see in contemporary vampire novel covers – stock photo of blandly attractive young woman, an inoffensive quantity of blood, spooky red font etc.
So I hope that the combination of title and design makes it immediately obvious that it’s a) gothic/punky in tone b) takes place in Victorian times and c) is set in London. And the Tower of London, of course, carries its own set of ghastly connotations. I would have liked to have thrown some skulls in there, but didn’t want it to look ‘busy’.