For the new issue of ASJA Monthly we had a feature article on the advancing world of self publishing through the example of a specific book project. I find the subject fascinating: can a self published book reach the success of a traditionally published one, and will traditional publishers, agents, etc. change to fit a new environment? Rich stuff!
The cover uses what might be a cliche of David versus Goliath as a symbol of the individual self publisher against the giant of traditional publishing. It gets changed up as the two are not by definition enemies anymore (as explained in the story.) One aspect of success in self publishing is to be taken up by a traditional publisher as well.
Davida? The author of the article became David and I did a small caricature of her. You can see the Goliath of publishing, surrounded by his big books, is taking interest in the book she is championing. My intent was to create a Mediterranean environment for the two fitting the classic story. The opportunity to draw a giant is always inviting so this was a good project.