This next cover didn’t come about in the typical way. I wasn’t hired to do it, I wasn’t asked to. I was doing a web search one night looking for any local tarantula breeders and came across the Michigan Spiders website. If you know me at all, you know I love spiders. So finding this website was awesome, and I couldn’t figure out how I hadn’t found it sooner! It’s a great website pertaining to native Michigan spiders, myths and facts, and identification help.
As I explored the site, I discovered that the owner of the site had taken the blog’s information and compiled an ebook. I have multiple insect and spider field guides, but they are all “North American” guides, and can be a bit to dig through to find what you are looking for. So I instantly purchased this ebook. I mean seriously, a guide for MICHIGAN spiders! How can I NOT have this in my collection? And in an electronic format? I was able to download it to my phone, and always have it on me! It’s been great when I’m out in the field shooting.
So after purchasing Michigan Spiders, I was eyeballing the cover, and yes being as that IS what I do for a living, I said to myself “I can do better”. Not only could I, but I really, really, REALLY wanted to! So I found the contact information on the website and shot the owner an email asking if I could redo their cover. I was so afraid of insulting him with my offer, but he took it well and said he’d love for me to do so.
So here it is, the new cover for Michigan Spiders!
(The photography for the cover is also my own)
Look for the change over coming soon to ebook!
I’d also like to take a moment to mention, author K.J. Ester is donating all of his profits from sales of this book, and his other fantasy fiction books, available on Smashwords.com, to help with his father-inlaw who is fighting cancer. You can read more about that here.