Spot the difference.

Isn’t it always the way, that when you witness something remarkable or strange and you try to point it out to others, the thing disappears? Like seeing a shooting star in the night sky, while the person standing next to you is looking the other way.

I thought it would be a good idea to document what normally happens during the process of cover design; however, the process this time seems to be taking forever and is proving to be everything but ‘normal’!

I woke this morning to the arrival of the latest iteration of the new cover and I have to say, I’ve stared at it for so long, I think I’m in danger of developing a few extra wrinkles in my forehead. Can you spot the differences?

I’ve written back and re-requested the changes I asked for a month ago – let’s see what happens this time – but in doing that, I found myself in the terribly uncomfortable situation of having to give a bit of negative feedback to a person whose work I really admire. All I could think while doing it was, how would I feel if a ruthless editor got hold of one of my books and started slashing away with a red pen at all my hard work.

I doubt I would like it at all… so, taking that into account, I tried to be as objective as I could, while also being direct on what I required.

Please don’t take this report as a spray on Akira’s work… it’s just another example of the sorts of things that can get in the way of producing something great, when creative minds collide.

The frustrating wait continues…

gg… over and out!


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