Sweet dreams are made of beautiful cover designs. Who are you to disagree? Travel the world and the seven seas, everybody’s looking for something…TO READ. Okay, enough with the lyrics. Today we are very excited to be revealing the cover for DREAMLAND by Robert L. Anderson!
Below the cover reveal, you will also find out more info on the design and concept from Erin Fitzsimmons, the designer for this book jacket!
Get ready for the cover!!!!
Odea Donahue has been able to travel through people’s dreams since she was six years old. Her mother taught her the three rules of walking: Never interfere. Never be seen. Never walk the same person’s dream more than once. Dea has never questioned her mother, not about the rules, not about the clocks or the mirrors, not about moving from place to place to be one step ahead of the unseen monsters that Dea’s mother is certain are right behind them.
Then a mysterious new boy, Connor, comes to town and Dea finally starts to feel normal. As Connor breaks down the walls that she’s had up for so long, he gets closer to learning her secret. For the first time she wonders if that’s so bad. But when Dea breaks the rules, the boundary between worlds begins to deteriorate. How can she know what’s real and what’s not?
From talented debut author Robert L. Anderson comes a stunning, complex, and imaginative story of the fine line between our dreams and our reality.
Dreamland goes on sale September 22nd!
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Erin Fitzsimmons on the DREAMLAND cover concept:
Designing the cover for Dreamland was a fun and exciting challenge from the start. In many ways, Dreamland defies traditional genres and worlds. It is unlike many of the books we publish, and therefore we spent a lot of time in the early concept stage finding the right direction for this cover. We rely very heavily on genre distinctions, but when it came to Dreamland, it really lives in a genre of its own. The book is beautiful, dreamy, gritty, and haunting, and above all, surreal.
With some books we are able to dive right into cover sketches or design, but for this book I really focused on getting the mood board just right. We had a very different mood board initially; there were many more images of deserts and harsh, structural typography. I went through a number of early sketches and concepts following this direction that were far too fantastical, and lost sight of the real-life aspects to the story. We realized this direction was not representing the book accurately, and was missing the aspect of gritty realism that makes this story so enrapturing. Our revised mood board tried to encompass all these contrasts in visual form: real + surreal, dreamlike + grounded, fantastical + ordinary.
Our task was to find a way to include both the dream and real worlds in a way that still felt accessible and grounded, and not too fantastical. It was an important asset for me as the designer, to keep myself focused on the mood of the book, but also proved to be helpful when presenting to colleagues in-house.
After reworking the mood board and settling on a loose concept, I reached out to digital artist Jeff Huang. I had worked with Jeff previously on Snow Like Ashes, so I knew he could achieve the mix of technical and fantastical elements, but I also loved his cover for Stephen King’s Under the Dome so much that I knew he could find a way to work in a more realistic image to create an overall surrealistic composition.
The key was finding a way to toe the line between the parallel but opposite worlds of real vs. unreal. When he sent in the rough concepts, we just knew he had found a way to settle in between the two. The cover felt dark and gritty, in the way that the book is, but there was also something eerily beautiful and surreal about it!
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