Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Guest Post: Gillian Philip’s thoughts on the cover for The Opposite of Amber

I love the cover for The Opposite of Amber. I’ve been incredibly lucky with all my covers so far – I know authors who have had bad experiences, and we rarely get input into cover design. But I’ve never had a cover I didn’t like.

This is one of my favourites. I love the cold beauty of it, the starkness. It’s delicate but it has a very sinister edge.

My editor had originally discussed the possibility of depicting a face under ice, but using the amber pendant – an important feature in the story – for a strong contrast. I loved that idea, but when I saw the first version of this design, it had me at hello.

There’s something so vulnerable about the girl; I especially like her grubby feet. The Opposite Of Amber references a lot of fairy tales, and this picture reflected that – she’s otherworldly, but real, if that makes sense. The image is lovely but sad, and that iciness is a feature of so many fairy stories
The original colour palette wasn’t quite so pale and frosted; the title lettering was all in a deeper blue and it didn’t have that sheen of ice. There was a distinct blood splash, too. When I saw the revised version I was a little unsure to start with, but now I think it’s an improvement on a cover I loved already. The frosting, that extra coldness, gives it a sense of the ethereal.

I can’t help thinking my cover luck is going to run out one of these days... but in the meantime I feel very, very fortunate – with The Opposite of Amber in particular.


Read my review of The Opposite of Amber here!



  1. I agree. The vulnerability is startling and alluring.

  2. oh, this one looks and sounds great! can't wait to check it out :)

  3. Oh this sounds fabulous! I love the discussion of the cover, and I think the cover chosen is powerful because of the lack of face...the anonymity is powerful :)

  4. This cover is gorgeous!! makes me want to read it for sure.

  5. It is a stunning cover - very clever too - I love the ambiguity of her head being missing in the shot - a story hinted at but not yet told, it whispers ' open me'....