Jason Gurley

By day, I'm a user experience designer; by evenings/weekends, I write novels from my home in Scappoose, Ore. My newest is Awake in the World, published February 2019 by Roaring Brook Press; my previous novel, Eleanor, was published by Crown in 2016 and has since been translated into German, Portuguese, and Turkish. I’m currently working on a new project.

The restless sort

I'm rapidly approaching the end of the big Eleanor edits. There are two or three major notes left to address, and then I'm done, at least until my editor reads the changes and tells me I've ruined my own novel. But as I get closer to the end, I find my eye wandering. In the previous post I mentioned some short stories I'd written to shake things up a bit; in this one, I'll show you other ways I try to keep myself from falling into a rut.

Namely, cover design. Yes, I quit designing covers for other authors and publishers, but that doesn't mean my own stories and books are off the hook. Since the beginning of the year, I've retouched—or completely overhauled—the covers of everything but Eleanor. (That one will be redesigned, too, but not by my hand, and I'll share it when I'm able.)

It's time to review. Here's the result of those updates—original covers on the left, new ones on the right:

The home stretch

Yes, I'm still writing