The covers that weren’t

A rough sketch of the book cover motifs for three of our four upcoming titles. Now that a third-party service will be designing all four covers, we can refer to these as covers that weren’t.

Design: C.E. Alexander
Photography: C.E. Alexander
Intellectual property research: C.E. Alexander
Legal inquiries: C.E. Alexander

Three Covers rotated

Book of Constants: a middle-aged widower and his son relocate to a small development in rural Wyoming. Within weeks of moving he is urged to lead a murder investigation, his first act as law enforcement. (July 20)

My Wounded Specular: a young man–suffering from apparent and severe amnesia–places himself in the care of a much older woman. She seems also to struggle with her memory, although she can cite future events with precise detail. (August 20)

The Shallow Cittern: our first horror story. In post-National Assembly Cuba, a new, mysterious, possibly artificial language has complicated the transition efforts. (September 20)

Bar Juchne: a grief-stricken woman leaves her husband for the physician who tended to her dying mother. Her idea of home security has unexpected results. (October 20)

For those ready to read, might we suggest C.E. Alexander’s fiction debut, The Music and the Spires?




When the day job beckons and you can’t fit in your blogging, let it all pile up and then–when the stack finally tips over–call it a newsletter. That being said, file this one under “May.”

First, C.E. Alexander’s The Music and The Spires is available for $0.99, wherever fine ebooks are sold. Purchasing links include AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo BooksCopia and eSentral.  That’s 0.0083 bitcoins per spire.  (Notre Dame only has one spire, by the way.  Read the book if you don’t know what Notre Dame has to do with anything.)

Next, and speaking of Zidi publications that don’t cross the one-dollar threshold, C.E. Alexander’s Kindle-only Book of Constants is still on for its June 16 release. Take a look at the cover here, and read some background here.

As for The Music and The Spires book trailer? It’s a bit late in the game to keep talking about a May 1 release. But it will be soon. We’re talking hours, now, not days. The trailer features a remarkable new composition by William Ryan Fritch and some found footage by various, turn-of-century video tinkerers. While you wait can we offer a mango-peach smoothie or some Dallas re-runs?

Finally, C.E. Alexander just completed his interview of Lucille Redmond over at Fluid Radio. In March 2012, Redmond published Love (stories of love, Ireland, sex, sea, snow and money). It is excellent reading throughout.

And what’s with the two guys at the top of page? Not telling. Yet.

The covers that weren’t

Has it really been two weeks? We’ve been busy with all of the last last-minute preparations (the book cover is too small, the author bio wasn’t written and the author photo wasn’t taken, the website needs at least some kind of design). The last time we talked about our pitiful in-house attempts at the book cover, we mentioned turning the image horizontally by adding a second structure. Here was the next attempt. This one was so 8-bit, choppy and absurd that we sort of … considered it.


The covers that weren’t

Maybe we should slow down with these. It’s not like we have enough of them to last until the release date of December 31. (Shameless plug!)

As we mentioned before, this cover mock-up made us wish for a horizontal image. So we tried mirroring the structure horizontally. This led to all sorts of DIY horror, the first of which looked like this:

The covers that weren’t

Now that we’ve revealed our forthcoming book and its cover, we can start reviewing those alternate book covers that we took halfway seriously. From the book’s credits page:

Zidi Publishing gratefully acknowledges Zyvex Labs and the photographer, Irene Fernandez Cuesta of the National Center of Microelectronics (CNM-IMB, CSIC) for permission to use their copyrighted work. Find the unmodified version at, last accessed October 2012.

Of the creation of the image, Fernandez Cuesta writes: “The micro structure is the result of an unsuccessful nanofabrication process. The sample was intended to be a gold plasmonic guide, but after several imprinting and cleaning steps, all that was left was this micro-Sagrada Familia at one of the ends of the waveguides. The image was obtained with a scanning electron microscope.”

As we wrote in late August, The Music and the Spires — then only one possible title among several — led us to search the web for images of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. In a true cart-before-the-horse moment, Cuesta’s image so deftly captured the mood of the book that the title The Music and the Spires was cemented in place with our discovery of the photograph. Here it is:

The next several posts will follow our DIY attempts to convert this image into a book cover. Here was our first: