Wrong Side In book cover illustration by illustrator Duncan Long

For years I’ve been working on a science fiction novel Wrong Side In. The story takes place in the near future and travels around the word with a little time hoping to boot. The central character is a juvenile delinquent at the beginning of the story and slowly is transformed by events and his own motivations.

Today I created cover artwork that I’m happy with, so I think the book cover illustration is finally done. Hopefully the illustration captures both this anti-hero’s petulant nature while hinting at his possible greatness.

The manuscript is at a publishers for consideration (fingers crossed on that). It’s doubtful that the publisher who finally bites for the story will want the cover I’ve done, though one never knows; publishers generally have their own artists and it’s rare for a writer to actually illustrate a cover for his own book, even though that seems odd to those outside the industry. (It makes sense if you’ve been in the process — generally writers are kept out of the loop for creating the cover at established publishing houses.)

That said, it’s nice to feel like I finally have this story “out of my system.”

When not wearing his writer’s hat, Duncan Long works as a freelance magazine and book illustrator for HarperCollins, PS Publishing, Pocket Books, Solomon Press, Fort Ross, ISFiC Press, and many other publishers and self-publishing authors. See his book illustrations at: http://DuncanLong.com/art.html