Here’s the cover image for BALANCE, which has a final, final, seriously final publication date of June 11, 2013.
This whole book is just about the coolest topic to work on that I can imagine. Even so, it’s work. But selecting a cover design is like icing on the cake: pure fun.
Glenn and I were very involved in the concept and image selection, and I honestly love the final product. Our editor (Ben) managed the whole thing smoothly and was great at soliciting our thoughts and feedback. The design team came up with the idea of the tilted “A” in Balance, which I think is awesome. We were hoping for an iconic image (and thought a lot about drawing up something original like Paul Kennedy did with his hardcover). The titled A seems to fit that iconic purpose here, which the designers bracketed with the two images. However, early drafts of the images had options with lots of classical paintings, and did not have the Roman forum as an option. We suggested that to go along with the DC Mall image. The design team really nailed it by finding these two photographs which mirror one another. I also think the grayscale treatment is perfect. If you look closely, you can even see people on both landscape, the Forum and the Mall.
What do you think? Well, if you LIKE it, tell us what you think! We’ve crossed the Rubicon now, so hopefully it’s a success.