Web-e-Books® Cover Art

Among our efforts to best promote great authors online is our close attention to striking design features all around our website, Web-e-Books.com, our home base for all the things we reference here on the Web-e-Talk blog. Web-e-Books.com was designed with the same spirit that our first featured author, Richard M. Baker Jr., exemplified with his daring writing style in the 1950s and 1960s. To match his style, we worked with colors and layouts that pop and an abundance of relevant visual content to fortify the presentation of every novel we present, letting it be known that we are a digital publishing team that knows how much great authors matter. Even short stories are given the same kind of thoughtful attention to presentation as the full-length novels featured on Web-e-Books.com.

Perhaps most exciting to us all, aside from a book’s story, is a great book cover design. Cover designs by Web-e-Books are all carefully conceived by our in-house team. You’ll find, below, a growing collection of these cover designs, featured on Web-e-Books.com, with some behind-the-scenes lowdown on their creation. The gallery below starts with our own beginnings; cover designs for works by author Richard M. Baker Jr., all by the Web-e-Books team. The gallery will be updated with other cover designs every time a new work is completed for publication.

If it’s true that a book is often judged by its cover, then one of our most important focuses should be on visual presentation, and we believe a book cover with punch is always the best way to go. Besides that, it’s just plain fun to add some flare to an already great book. Check back now and again as we present more exciting cover designs and more insight into the Web-e-Books team’s efforts, here on our Web-e-Talk blog. Don’t forget that our full presentation of some very great books is just a click away at web-e-books.com, where you can also purchase keepsake posters of our original cover designs.

 Thanks for stopping in,

~ Tom Preti, Content & Design Director

 

 

Nor Iron Bars A Cage, by Author Richard M. Baker Jr., Short story cover design from Web-e-Books.com

 

Nor Iron Bars A Cage, a short story by Richard M. Baker Jr., is a supremely beautiful example of his style of realism, made more interesting in that the story takes place in a western setting, one that Mr. Baker would have had to imagine rather than experience himself. Far from the shoot ‘em up, high-action cliché often found in stories of the American west, Nor Iron Bars A Cage is instead a nuanced slice of life in a time and place where isolation in the vast expanses of the west could very easily shape a man or woman into somebody wholly different from people in today’s communication-crazed world.

Nor Iron Bars A Cage is currently being offered as a free sample read on our website, web-e-books.com, to serve as an introduction, for you, to our new eBook solution. It was thus made even more important that the Web-e-Books team create a visually arresting image for the short story cover design.

Searching through archives of old western photos brought to our attention some incredible photographs rich with history, breathtaking settings, and a sense of the true human experience. Such is the case with the photograph of the cowboy on the bottom half of our cover design, by American photographer Erwin E. Smith. It is truly a gift, today, one that Mr. Smith may not have been able to truly predict, for us to be able to look back on our history with his collection of photographs focused on the American cowboy. However, our other favorite choice for use on the cover, the image of the woman at her home’s front gate, comes from the same era but from an entirely different place.

The work of British photographer, Margaret Cameron, is truly fine art in photographs. Her ethereal style and ability to capture deep, moving emotion in her portraits caught our attention ten-fold, as it matched the depth of realism presented in Mr. Baker’s work. We simply couldn’t say no to borrowing a piece of Ms. Cameron’s work for our cover design.

Often a simple design can be doubly effective if done well, and with access to strong photos from past masters like these, it becomes almost impossible to resist going simple with a cover design for a great story about our past like Nor Iron Bars A Cage.

Look for the free sample short story, Nor iron Bars A Cage, in the multimedia section of our website.

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Summer Exposure, by Author Richard M. Baker Jr., Short story cover design from Web-e-Books.com

 

It can be said that putting a girl in a bathing suit on the cover of just about anything can grab people’s attention, but it is our belief that creativity should not be lost to shortcuts, especially when presenting a quality piece of writing. Summer Exposure, another short story by Richard M. Baker Jr., is about two college-age girls vacationing and looking for love and romance in 1960s Old Orchard Beach, Maine. There is, then, every reason to put a girl in a nice bathing suit on the cover, but just as important to the design is the vintage feel of the image, with its hazy beach setting and crisp blue-green sky. It crackles and shimmers all at once, lending an otherworldly sense of time and place to the design, enhanced by the playful size and positioning of the lounging young blonde. It’s a fun but thoughtful cover design for a story of the same qualities.

Look for the free sample short story, Summer Exposure, in the multimedia section of our website.

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Lack of Restraint, by Author Richard M. Baker Jr., Book cover design from Web-e-Books.com

 

Just as the title implies, Lack of Restraint, a novel by Richard M. Baker Jr., is an anxiety-filled drama-fest of teen troubles in the 1960s, centered primarily on teen mother Reta Ellis. Having thoroughly had enough of the frustration of being a young mother and wife, Reta lets herself fall into a thorough case of rebellious behavior.

To capture the often wild and restless mood of the story, we went with a vintage style drawing of our main character with dark lines, sumptuous eyes, tousled and unrestrained hair, a provocative pose, and colors that speak loudly against one another. Lack of Restraint is a book that was meant to deliver an uninhibited account of its distressed cast. Our cover design was not going to fall short of that same daring goal.

Lack of Restraint is available now on web-e-books.com. To learn more about the book, click here.

 

 

Tomorrow or Ashes, by Author Richard M. Baker Jr., Book cover design from Web-e-Books.com

Working toward a cover design for Richard M. Baker Jr.’s novel, Tomorrow or Ashes, was a delicate task in many respects. The story revolves around Millie, a poor young fish cutter girl from Maine, who is a magnet for the most undeserved trouble day in and day out. Millie comes to a breaking point where she believes her life may just end the very next day, if she does not run away that night to a better place.

When a novel is strong enough to put you right in the shoes of a character like this, in a setting many of us can’t claim to be familiar with, we feel their pain and yearning and learn to love the character for their desire to stay hopeful against the odds. The character becomes very important to us, as though they are real, and so the publisher has a duty to present the work appropriately and thoughtfully.

Tomorrow or Ashes is exciting, with its action, its suspenseful unfolding of events, and its “Is-she-going-to-make-it?” moments, but even though it is fiction, sensitivity has to be applied to a cover design for a story of a girl in distress we care for and wish we could help. Our cover design for Tomorrow or Ashes was meant to capture the contrasting combination of building distress in Millie’s eyes with the underlying bedrock of sweetness and hopefulness in her heart which shines through. An edgy but endearing drawing of Millie, with bold colors and accompanying elements from the story, was the best way to get just the right emotion we had in mind after reading and getting lost in the story of Tomorrow Or Ashes.

Tomorrow or Ashes is available now on web-e-books.com. To learn more about the book, click here.


Zengo's Revolt, by Author Richard M. Baker Jr., Book cover design from Web-e-Books.com

 

I personally like that you can’t see the two faces on this cover design, because the descriptions author Richard M. Baker Jr. lends to his two main characters and their condition are half the pleasure of reading Zengo’s Revolt. It’s a thrilling Pacific War story of survival against the odds in the Jungles of New Britain Island as Zengo Takakuwa forcefully steals away his colonel’s concubine in a bold effort to save her from a dreaded fate only he knows about. Zengo is a lumbering, bulky, ugly man while Michiyo Sanada is the misguided beauty that has been Zengo’s secret love all along. The slashed Japanese uniform (graphic design used by permission from Propstore.com of Los Angles and London), Zengo wears in our cover design shows the extend he will go for this improbable love as he tries to turn Michiyo’s hatred and total distrust of him into what he determinedly decides will some day be just the opposite.

Zengo’s Revolt is available now on web-e-books.com. To learn more about the book, please click here.

 

 

The Kempei, by Author Richard M. Baker Jr., Book cover design from Web-e-Books.com

 

Considered the masterwork of Richard M. Baker Jr.’s collection, The Kempei, if summed up into one single word, could perhaps best be described as “frightening.” Years of intense research combined with the author’s personal goal to portray the real, cold hard truth about the 1930s Japanese invasion and occupation of Manchuria lead to a fictional novel of epic scope and of severe importance, even to the historical record. The novel centers on young Junichiro Inouye, who we find from page one is being molded from an average farm boy to that of a heartless soldier in the dark world of the Kempeitai police.

Our cover design was made to let readers know that this novel shakes with the horrors of war. The fonts all have energy and lose their orientation on the page, and the colors explode around the calm but stealthy figure in front. The finishing touch, Inouye’s Kempei armband, shows that he literally wears his duty, as well as his heart, on his sleeve; a mix that could lead him to either military glory or his own brutal death.

The Kempei is available now on web-e-books.com. To learn more about the book, please click here.

 

 

Gentle Mako, by Author Richard M. Baker Jr., Book cover design from Web-e-Books.com

 

The colorized Gentle Mako cover photo is used by permission from the estate of Iwase Yoshiyuki. Entitled, Hauling in Seaweed, this original silver print by the artist was shot in 1947, capturing the essence of a colony of ama divers – those known for  making dozens of sustained, daily dives in the cool, clear waters off Onjuku, Japan while harvesting from the sea. The photo provides  historical significance to this fictional romance story, and engages the reader in the reality of a lost culture – one that held its breath until the late 1960’s. In Gentle Mako, you feel the primitive beauty of the land, ocean, and people that so attracted a young American to experience romance and adventure in such an unusual setting.

Gentle Mako is available now on web-e-books.com. To learn more about the book, please click here.

 

 

Predatory Will, by Author Richard M. Baker Jr., Book cover design from Web-e-Books.com

 

Predatory Will takes place in the 1960s, but the setting on the cover looks more like the early twentieth century in order to show what our main character, A.R. Peters, inherits from his father, the wealthy and overbearing owner of a Steel Works in Massachusettes. A.R. suddenly finds himself having to deal with a giant old house, a ton of new work responsibility, and the scheming scavengers he calls his family, represented by the bird to his side. We put A.R. in his father’s coat, that of a big man, to further illustrate the contrast between himself and his father. The question is, does he fill his father’s shoes, do his own thing, or succumb to the challenges brought on by others?

Tomorrow or Ashes is available now on web-e-books.com. To learn more about the book, please click here.

 

 

Neighboring Eyes, by Author Richard M. Baker Jr., Book cover design from Web-e-Books.com

 

Neighboring Eyes is a novel that illustrates just how troublesome a seemingly quiet neighborhood can be. The book focuses on several different everyday characters who are all masterfully interconnected in one way or another throughout this work by author Richard M. Baker Jr. When dealing with a story where the setting itself wouldn’t look dramatic at first sight, we decided we wanted to focus on the most disturbing concept; that you are being watched, talked about and judged from all sides by your neighbors.

The eyes say it all…

Neighboring Eyes is available now on web-e-books.com. To learn more about the book, please click here.

 

 

Slopes of London, by Author Richard M. Baker Jr., Book cover design from Web-e-Books.com

 

Whereas many of Richard M. Baker Jr.’s novels are hard hitting, super real, and dramatic, Slopes of London is definitely the kind of book anyone could pick up and enjoy. The story is a somewhat whimsical and humorous account of a wealthy young couple’s endeavors in building a ski resort worthy of royalty, in small-town New Hampshire. We wanted to capture the spirit of the book that says that it’s a story for anyone, so we included a scenic New Hampshire vista, a skier barreling over the hillside, a castle atop the mountain, a bright red cable car, and the smiling, joyful image of the woman who conceived this crazy plot! The best part of designing this cover image was taking an actual scenic drive through New Hampshire where we ultimately captured the mountain view seen above.

Slopes of London is coming soon to web-e-books.com. To learn more about the book, please click here.

 

 

Promise of the North, by Author Richard M. Baker Jr., Book cover design from Web-e-Books.com

 

The title, Promise of the North, speaks to the idea first created during the American civil war that the Northern States would provide something better for African Americans. The question raised in the book is how much things changed from 1864 to 1964 for a black couple heading north to escape the troubles brought on within their southern ghetto. The image of Abraham Lincoln, powerful as ever, remains strong because of the ideals he represented. We added to his image a collage of more modern scenes and elements from the story. Promise of the North may be about one black couple in the 1960s, but their story represents something largely grander than themselves, a dramatic history of events for the entire black community in America, even today, and that’s what we wanted to convey with this cover design.

Promise of the North is coming soon to web-e-books.com. To learn more about the book, please  click here.

 

 

Yellow Jacket Nursery, by Author Richard M. Baker Jr., Book cover design from Web-e-Books.com

 

In Richard M. Baker Jr.’s Yellow Jacket Nursery, the home of newly arrived outsiders to a small lakeside town in Maine is vandalized and its inhabitants shaken to the core when its owner shuts down an access path to the lake. The cover design for Yellow Jacket Nursery became all about the use of metaphor, which we see a lot of in the book. The yellow jacket bee represents the intruders who are also defending the property they have become accustomed to thinking is just as much rightfully their own. The owl represents the vigilant watch of a man who is safeguarding his new home, which he should have predicted would become infested with the bees.

Yellow Jacket Nursery is coming soon to web-e-books.com. To learn more about the book, please click here.

 

 

Suit On An Empty Chair, by Author Richard M. Baker Jr., Book cover design from Web-e-Books.com

 

In Richard M. Baker Jr.’s Suit On An Empty Chair, 30 year old junior accountant Jack Taylor is uninspired by his job and unwilling to do the extra work it takes to get ahead and subsequently become even more deeply invested in his profession. We wanted to show the real life situation he feels he is facing with the image of Jack in his desk chair, head down, tie loosened, and stressed. His thoughts, desires, and fantasies of a more exciting life are all within him, so we filled his empty suit with these things to show the lust for life within Jack that is yearning to make it’s way out. Rather than being an empty suit, as they say, Jack is in fact a man with another vision for himself, a suit on an empty chair…

Suit on an Empty Chair is coming soon to web-e-books.com. To learn more about the book, please click here.

 

 

High Rise Orange Groves, by Author Richard M. Baker Jr., Book cover design from Web-e-Books.com

 

High Rise Orange Groves is a novel of realism by Richard M. Baker Jr. set in the future after populations have exploded and the vast majority of people become classified by number and are given little to no responsibilities aside from empty living in and around large rows of ultra high rise buildings. Though set in the future, the novel was written in the 1960s, so we wanted to give the cover design a vintage look and theme that would coincide with perhaps how Mr. Baker himself might have envisioned the future world he created in High Rise Orange Groves. To support the story, buildings were made a cold blue to symbolize the purposeless lives being lived within them. In the sky, an image of a woman, nude, for in this future world, human instinct left to its own devices reverts back to primal urges, and the streets become filled with people who know no notion of boundaries and cannot love, save perhaps our main character.

High Rise Orange Groves is coming soon to web-e-books.com. To learn more about the book, please click here.

 

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