For now, I have stopped reiterating the book cover for “WotW: Dogma,” because I feel this 3rd version is more akin to what I had had in mind from the beginning (of which, one can go back through my posts and see that the first iteration was very much the same). The 2nd book cover version was a success (in my mind), but it was a bit too much for the tone I wanted to set for the reader. Even though that cover would have made sense eventually to the reader, I feel this one gives off a vibe of uncertainty, mystery, and foreboding, not really giving as much away as the last one did, and it is perfect for what I have written. I might end up making additions to this version later on, to help solidify the feeling.
I know I had said I didn’t want to give away too much about the details of the book cover, but I thought I’d at least reveal some more themes. As one can see, the “t” in the word “the” has a tree growing out of it, with a giant network of roots growing beneath it. Big, stand-alone trees is a reoccurring theme in both this book and the others in the project trilogy. One could say it might represent the tree of life (Yggdrasil), or perhaps even the tree of knowledge (from Eden). Lone, stout trees with nothing surrounding them has always been an image in my mind’s eye, and if one looks around hard enough, one can see that that very same image is a bit common in a lot of media (art and otherwise). If one were to turn the cover upside down, one could also see that the network of roots also looks like a tree, but one that is ever-reaching and gnarly and buried deep; secretive.
If plans go right, when I write the 2nd and 3rd books, I am hoping to possibly use this scene again, but in slightly different, advancing ways. Perhaps having the main tree keep growing over time (through each book), and perhaps the 3rd book cover could be the version I did of the tree and its roots being seen trying to choke America, and the rest of the world.
Lastly, I also am looking into making an audio book series of “WotW: Dogma,” and if I decide to add in some graphics (animated or not), I was going to upload each chapter on YouTube. So, keep a look out on this site – and the other’s of mine – for more details if that does indeed become a reality!