Draft Cover Design For ‘The Outbreak’

30 Jan

Draft Back Cover Design

Draft Front Cover Design

With the writing of the second book in the For Those In Peril series going well, I’ve been turning some of my attention to other aspects of the finished volume. I’ve changed the title (it was originally On The Edge Of The World, but it’s now The Outbreak – which is much snappier), and I’ve put together a draft cover design, which I’m quite pleased with.

In keeping with the cover of the first book (For Those In Peril on The Sea), this is a composite image I’ve put together. The main background is a rather wonderfully post-apocalyptic sky I encountered a few years ago (the picture was taken out my living room window!), while in front of this are silhouettes of a number of most distinctive buildings and structures in Glasgow (where the story starts).

If you have any thoughts, or comments, on this cover design (or, indeed, the title or the draft of the blurb for the back of the book), I would be happy to hear them.

Draft Back Cover Design

Draft Back Cover Design

Here’s the draft of the blurb for the back of the book:

He was only in the city to meet an old friend, but within hours of his return, Ben’s running for his life …

As the world watches in horror, Miami falls to the infected, and with it America. Britain seals its borders hoping to prevent the newly-mutated Haitian Rabies Virus reaching its shores, but it’s too late. Somewhere in Glasgow is the man who started it all and coursing through his veins is the virus he accidentally created. When he finally turns, the city doesn’t stand a chance.

Minutes later, a small group of survivors find themselves trapped between the ever-increasing hordes of infected and the soldiers seeking to contain them. The roads are barricaded, the skies patrolled, and the only way out is the river which leads from the heart of the city to the safety of the sea.

About The Author: In his debut novel, For Those In Peril On The Sea, Colin M. Drysdale focussed on four strangers thrown together by chance on a small boat with no hope of ever returning to land. In this, the second book in the For Those In Peril series, and starting in his native Glasgow, he explores how another group of survivors reacts as their world falls apart around them.

Finally, here’s the full wrap-around view of the draft cover design:

Draft Full Wrap-around Cover Design

Draft Full Wrap-around Cover design

From the author of For Those In Peril On The Sea, a tale of post-apocalyptic survival in a world where zombie-like infected rule the land and all the last few human survivors can do is stay on their boats and try to survive. Now available in print and as a Kindle ebook. Click here or visit www.forthoseinperil.net to find out more. To download a preview of the first three chapters, click here.

To read the Foreword Clarion Review of For Those In Peril On The Sea (where it scored five stars out of five) click here.

6 Responses to “Draft Cover Design For ‘The Outbreak’”

  1. Jack Flacco 30/01/2014 at 17:15 #

    Great cover, Colin, congrats! I love how you’ve add the price on the UPC. Good job there. Also, the contrasting white type on black background is perfect and easy on the eyes. Oh, and of course, the blurb is fantastic, too! lol

    • cmdrysdale 30/01/2014 at 19:23 #

      Hi Jack,

      Thanks for letting me know your thoughts on the cover design. Good to know that you like it as much as I do. Now all I’ve got to do is finish editing it!

      All the best,



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