30 Covers in 30 Days

To a group of fearless word warriors November is more than just a month about food, family, shopping deals, and giving thanks. November is home to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short) a writing challenge that challenges writers – published and otherwise – to craft 50,000 word manuscripts in just 30 days. Cheering on these word warriors are not only the non-profit’s dedicated office staff, but hundreds of volunteer municipal liaisons across all seven continents charged with hosting write-ins, providing moral support, hugs, caffeine, and sugar. But their cheerleaders don’t stop there, among NaNoWriMo’s  many supporters are distinguished authors (James Patterson, Kate DiCamillo, and Scott Westerfield to name a few) and the ever creative Debbie Millman.

As a writer and designer herself it only makes sense that Debbie Millman is involved with NaNoWriMo’s 30 Covers in 30 Days initiative. For the second year in a row Debbie will be pairing up an aspiring novelist’s novel synopsis with a renowned graphic artist to produce thirty original novel covers in just thirty days.  The first three amazing covers are below:


Friday, November 1, 2013

Friday, November 1, 2013

Author: S. Sharpe

Cover Inspiration:

There was a time when Tova’s kind had great power and respect, when their gifts and practices were exulted in public. Now, they have been silenced, reduced to meager circumstances after uprisings forced them to live in colonies in the Appalachian Mountains. But reclamation may be at hand, after a series of suspicious murders buckle the small Alabama town—murders that resemble those that took Tova’s elder sisters years ago.

A southern Gothic with a supernatural twist, Strange Things mixes past and present to tell the story of those who aren’t wanted by heaven and aren’t needed by hell.

Designer: Andrew Twigg

About the Designer: Andrew Twigg is Presidents Council Chair and sits on the Board of Directors of AIGA, the professional association for design.


Saturday, November 2, 2013

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Author: Olivia Hull

Cover Inspiration:

Charlie did what he was supposed to do: he married a girl, he got a job, he found the house with a white-picket fence, he joined a bowling league. And for the last 50 years, Charlie has continued to do what he was supposed to do.

Except today he forgot to buy milk at the store. He forgot the milk, interrupted his daily routines, and on his walk to the store he must decide: go to the store or leave forever and earn a re-do for the life he was supposed to live.

Designer: Val Lehnerd

About the Designer: Val Lehnerd is President of AIGA Las Vegas. When he’s not designing solutions for clients, ranging from complex branding and identities to simple solitary stations, he’s instructing classes at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas.



Sunday, November 3, 2013

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Author: Mantarro

Cover Inspiration:

It was generally considered a good thing when the existence of superhumans became known.

Carter had a slightly different opinion. As a senior in high school with parents who worked hard each day just to bring home dinner, he knew the only way he would ever get through college was with scholarship money. Being a certified genius, he believed his academic future was secure until the start of his final year saw the emergence of superhumans.

Colleges began scrambling over one another to offer free rides to any superhumans they could find and the money for the other scholarships simply dried up. Despite repeatedly testing for special abilities, Carter continuously received negative results and was denied on every application he sent in.

Then an opportunity, as ironic as it was convenient, allowed Carter to cheat the test and falsely register as a superhuman.

The following events throw Carter headfirst into a world where the line between ally and enemy is blurred and  in which, sometimes, being superhuman isn’t enough.

Designer: Cary M. King

About the Designer: Cary M. King is the President of AIGA Alaska, and is co-owner of Red Carrot Design. He graduated from the University of Alaska at Anchorage with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts and in 2008 led a group of designers to form the AIGA Alaska chapter.


Every day a new cover will be released on the NaNoWriMo Blog, head on over to read the killer synopsis of these novels-in-progress and find out more about the creative minds behind the covers.

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