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Too many sto­ry­line clues on the cover ru­ins reader sat­is­fac­tion. Todd Lock­wood, who’s il­lus­trated books by RA Sal­va­tore and Marie Bren­nan, looks for a scene in the story that hints at the char­ac­ters and ac­tion in­side, but doesn’t go too far. His cover for The Thou­sand Orcs (be­low), is a great ex­am­ple. “I hate it when a cover gives away the story,” says Todd. “Some­times I know early on what will work, other times I make a doc­u­ment filled with book ex­cerpts, end­less doo­dles and word as­so­ci­a­tions. I try to dis­til the novel down to a sin­gle im­age, an en­try point – a broad hint of what’s in­side.”

Th e Th ou­sand Orcs

Todd Lock­wood’s cover hints at what may hap­pen in­side, with­out giv­ing much of the story away.

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