Lex Trent Cover Revealed!

Lex Trent versus The Gods

Yes, the Lex Trent front cover is finally here in all its swashbuckling glory, courtesy of illustrator David Wyatt (http://www.david.wyatt.btinternet.co.uk) and designer Nick Venables at Headline, who have both done an amazing job. It is, quite clearly, very different from my Gollancz covers, for the simple reason that this is a very different type of book, but I am every bit as pleased with it.

This cover is the most literal interpretation of a book that I’ve ever had, and when my editor first mentioned having Lex himself on it, I wasn’t too sure. I didn’t think an artist would be able to get him right. Lex, after all, exists only in my head, and as I cannot draw to save my life, there’s no way of getting him out of there to show the artist what he looks like. But as it turns out, the Lex on the cover is exactly the way he appears in my head. The fact that you can’t see his face properly helps with that, I suppose, but everything else – the way he’s standing, what he’s wearing – is spot on.

Lady Luck – the blonde woman rocking the white toga – is also perfect. It’s almost as if Mr Wyatt really did reach into my head and pull the characters out. Because Lex and Lady Luck have been done so well, it’s a real thrill for me to see an image of something that actually takes place in the book.

I’m extremely pleased with the font as well because if Lex were to sign his own name, it absolutely would be with a flourish like that. Having a front cover always makes the book seem more real, and legitimises it in my own head so that I can think: ‘yeah, it’s a proper book, and I wrote it!’ rather than: ‘this is meaningless drivel that no one but me will ever read.’ And now that the book has such an awesome front cover I am looking forward to it finally being out on the book shelves even more than I was before.

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5 Responses to “Lex Trent Cover Revealed!”

  1. Suzanne McLeod Says:

    wOOt!! Wonderful, beautiful cover Alex, the cover gods have been good to you *g* And the font is fab. Can’t wait to read the book!

  2. Chrissi Says:

    What an amazing front cover! Can’t wait to read it..

  3. Steph Burgis Says:

    Ooh, that’s a fabulous cover! I can’t wait to read it.

  4. Neil C Ford Says:

    Wow! Awesome cover!

    I want to print it out and stick it to the front of my ARC 🙂

    Can’t wait to see this in bookshops. Will definitely be turning books cover outwards.

    – Neil.

  5. Alex Bell Says:

    Thanks everyone.

    Suzanne – the cover Gods are always good to me (so far, at least), and Neil, please do turn the book around in the shops. I’m not above a bit of surreptitious shelf re-arranging myself 😉

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