If I've learned anything as a creative, its that to really do something well you need other people besides yourself to get the job done. Just because you have an idea doesn't mean its the best one and just because you have a vision for a project doesn't mean its the vision for the project.
I sat down with the creative director and the model for the cover and we started brainstorming some ideas of what "Uninvited" actually looked like.
We knew we wanted something very beautiful and engaging but also something that conveyed the emotion of being left out or lonely.
It's amazing to look back and see some of the images that were part of the shoot as we were working through these concepts:
So ultimately we landed at this ombre wall. We loved the clean white transition to the gritty grey at the bottom. It was a simple back drop but something that held your attention. We all agreed this could be the space.
After much review, the publishers landed on an image. Now came the process of choosing which tones best demonstrated the look they wanted for the book and it came down to these:
The day I held the book in my hands was truly a surreal moment. It's an honor to see something bigger than yourself come to life. It is absolutely, positively a collected effort. The best part? This book is powerful.
The words Lysa wrote are some of the most compelling and challenging messages that I have yet to read. She truly opens up her heart to those places we sadly know all to well. The places and spaces of grief, loss, disappointment. She discusses our worth and how we are so much more than the lies and the labels we may have been handed in our lifetime. By default, she invites the Uninvited.
Knowing that I had a fingerprint on something that can ripple out into the lives of so many who may be hurting, is indeed, the ultimate reward. If you haven't had a chance to read it yet, stop by your local book store and pick up a copy today. You won't be disappointed.