As one of the editors who bought “Pearl” in 2007 and published it in 2008 in Æon Speculative Fiction, I always wanted to see this story reach more readers. Now, as a stand-alone e-book, it will have that chance.
To create a cover for Pearl the e-book, I began with the illustration I’d designed for it back in 2008—a closeup of a beautiful young woman in a futuristic setting. Her face and the subtlety of her expression make this a striking portrait of the character Pearl. I didn’t want type to interfere with the utter purity of that face, so I dropped the title and author’s name to the very bottom of the cover and counted on that remarkable face to draw the viewer’s eye where it needed to go.
The pink title color is taken from the color of Pearl's lips, then deepened almost to red for the script type, to provide lots of contrast. A photo of a pearl, tinted slightly pink, serves as a chapter and break ornament.