Bespoke illustrations for a collaborative book cover design.

illustration of man leaning on pink letter A
illustration of man sitting on big letter O

Word Gets Around is the debut novel of author Andrew Hoyle. It is a tale of romance, humour and the trappings of middle-age.

In collaboration with Nancy at Aligned Design I produced the above illustrations for her front cover design.

Here’s a synopsis from the author, Andrew Hoyle.

“Late-night radio presenter, Jake Ryan, spends each evening in the same dark studio. With only the music, his unpredictable producer, and the occasional warm Vimto for company, Jake has a lot of time to think. The same listeners, the same unrequited crush, the same old routine.

Then one cold December evening, Jake receives a phone call that will change everything.

Driving across the city, he hopes he’ll find some answers. But after visiting hapless geography teacher Tim and grumpy new father Rick, all he finds are more questions. Jake knows that the solution may lie 3,000 miles away – at least he hopes it does.

After an eventful plane journey, a drunken fight with the locals and an evening wandering the streets of rural America, Jake wonders how things have got so far out of tune.

Will life ever get back on track?”

From Andrew’s brief, the synopsis and some extracts from novel, we had a good impression of the lives and foibles of the characters. I illustrated the five main characters for the cover in poses that would best represent these traits.

The chosen design saw the characters silhouetted, Nancy took these to create the final layout seen below.

Book cover for Word Gets Around by Andrew Hoyle

You can buy the book for Kindle here.