A while back, I talked about changing the cover of my previous novel, Lost Dogs, to align more with other titles in the young-adult post-apocalypse genre. It’s not that the original cover is bad: it’s a spectacular piece done by my friend and pro artist James Arnold. It’s just that I didn’t tell James exactly what was needed, because I didn’t know any better 5 years ago, when I was publishing it.
The original cover
James has moved on to bigger and better things, living the dream as a designer at a major gaming company, so I turned to Suzie O’Connell at Sunset Rose Books for a new look. I’d say she delivered: