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Create Your Debut Fantasy Novel Cover

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Yesterday I did the “Create Your Debut Album” meme on Facebook. It produced a strangely believable album cover. I thought I’d modify things for the children’s book loving crowd. Above is my debut fantasy novel (yes, they are doing the parachute toss with a blue whale) – what will yours look like? Here goes:

CREATE YOUR DEBUT FANTASY BOOK COVER

1 – Go to “Behind the Name”. Hit “Generate a Name!” or click http://www.behindthename.com/random/

The first name you get is your author name.

2 – Go to “Fantasy Novel Title Generator”
or click http://nine.frenchboys.net/novel.php

This is the title of your book.

3 – Go to Photobucket and click on “surreal art” or click http://photobucket.com/images/surreal%20art/

Add the two numbers of your age together (ex. 2 + 7 = 9). Go to that page of results. The fourth picture, no matter what it is, is your cover.

4 – Use photoshop, Picnik, or similar to put it all together.

5 – Post it to your site along with this text.

*UPDATE* If you create a cover, let me know – I’m going to post a gallery

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.

Comments

  1. I think yours came out better than mine, but it’s still somewhat believable.

  2. I love this! Mine is here. (And now I’m off to procrastinate even further with Behind the Name!)

  3. Wow! Mine came out fantastic! (hardee har har) Mine is here: http://letsjustsee.blogspot.com/2009/03/scopes-facebook-meme.html

  4. Oh, this is just a fantastic idea. I did the album cover Facebook thingy, too. I’ll try to get back to you on my fantasy book cover.

  5. teacherninja says:

    I used this idea for one of my April Fool posts and gave you a link.

    Thanks.

  6. These challenges are extremely fun. I could sit here all day and keep pumping out covers. Here’s mine.

    http://s191.photobucket.com/albums/z294/ill_be_waiting_18/?action=view&current=surreal.jpg

  7. Your blog is awesome.

    I did both the Fantasy and YA covers, just for poops and giggles. You can see them at my blog, cathartes-aura.blogspot.com

  8. I really loved both this and the YA cover generator. I had a terrific time doing them! I didn’t get as clear a vision for Mistress Circle and Memory as I did for my YA book. I do have some speculative musings as to what might be behind the cover (woman-centered fantasy set in a slightly altered version of our own world?) http://ya4oa.wordpress.com/2009/11/08/coming-soon-to-an-imaginary-bookseller-near-you/

  9. Stefanie says:

    I may be a little late, but this was so much fun! See both my YA and fantasy novel covers here: http://plentyoriginal.blogspot.com/2010/08/head-start-for-all-would-be-novelists.html

    Thanks for posting these steps!

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  14. Scope Notes says:

    I checked your cover out – it’s great! I like the change of perspective. Awesomely bad, to be sure. I’m going to post a gallery of these – I’ll add yours in!

  15. Scope Notes says:

    I checked out your cover – very nice! I’ll be adding it to the gallery in short order.

  16. Tip top stuff. I’ll expect more now.

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