UPDATED — More than a year ago, Justin McClure thought he was doing a favor for a friend of a friend when he designed his first book cover.
“It was an artist helping another artist,” McClure says.
The author was self-publishing her book.
“We were really doing a lot of, we thought, helping out.”
“We kind of knew it had been taking off,” McClure says of the book. He started receiving requests from international outlets for artwork of the cover.
Then, last week, a colleague was in an airport in Chicago when he saw the book next to a sign for New York Times bestsellers.
“He took a picture with his cellphone,” McClure says.
“Does this look familiar?” the employee texted.
“That’s how we found out.”