Book Cover Draft 1
Book Cover Draft 1

My literary agent Lorella Belli and Legend Press were drawn to the title font. It really made the cover pop. I was not keen on the lanterns so Gudrun designer decided to create hand-drawn icons instead.

Inspiration for The Life of a Banana
Inspiration for The Life of a Banana

An African Spur-Thighed tortoise ended up as an icon on the back cover. You've got to buy The Life of a Banana to see how the designer cleverly placed him! Whenever I see the tortoise I can't help but laugh!

THE LIFE OF A BANANA PP WONG
THE LIFE OF A BANANA PP WONG

THE FINAL DRAFT! It looks complete with the endorsement quotes. Now all people have to do, is pick it up and buy it :)

Book Cover Draft 1
Book Cover Draft 1

My literary agent Lorella Belli and Legend Press were drawn to the title font. It really made the cover pop. I was not keen on the lanterns so Gudrun designer decided to create hand-drawn icons instead.

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The Important Front Cover of my Novel!

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The front cover of a novel is extremely important!

 

The cover is like a shop window for your novel. When the wonderful designer Gudrun Jobst started designing the cover of The Life of a Banana, she provided many options:

 

- A knife slicing through the British flag

- A banana tree with a pigeon in its branches

- A little girl's mouth being silenced by a banana skin

- Hundreds of banana peels dancing on the page

 

These options got us very excited. There was, however, something about the striking font type and quirky design of teapots and lanterns that drew us to the first draft on the left. I was very clear in my mind that I did not want the cover to resemble the "usual" covers that many publishers create for Asian authors. Had I signed up with a different publisher, the front cover could easily have become the generic red cover with a sexy Chinese girl! I am so thankful that Legend Press understood completely and also wanted something fresh and new. Gudrun created the most amazing icons. No author can claim that they have  a hand-drawn Chinese feather duster, red and white pills and a bag of chips on their front cover.

 

The initial design for the cover started in March 2014 and evolved several times. I am ecstatic with the outcome. It is a cover that reflects the story and I am proud of the result.