Most of us are familiar with the saying that you can't judge a book by its cover. That works both ways, I think. I've come across some poorly-written stories with fabulous covers and I've read really good stories that come in not-so-nice packaging.
Luckily for me, my books that are with publishers have nice covers. I was lucky enough to see my 'vision' come to fruition through snazzy-looking covers. Admittedly, the concept I had wasn't used for one novel, but I'm pleased with what the artist produced.
Since going indie, finding the right image for my books has been an adventurous process. When I hit on the right image, everything clicks and I know I've found exactly what I need for a cover. Unfortunately, before I get to that stage, it means trolling through scads of pictures until my eyeballs are about ready to bleed. Still, ending up with a cover that represents my book well is worth the hours it takes to play with images and fonts until I find something that I like.
Before I give the final nod to a cover, I try to look at it dispassionately.
- Is it a true representation of my story?
- Does the character on the cover match the persona I've created in the story?
- When it is reduced on Amazon, will the cover hold its own of just be a fuzzy image that people will pass over on the way to something else?
- Does it characterize (somewhat) covers in its genre?
- Will I cringe every time I look at it and see my name attached to it?
The ability to mix and match and fiddle with stuff is one of the major benefits of indie publishing. No need to be stuck with something that doesn't quite fit and even if it works for a while, there is still the option to make adjustments.
|Bigstock image I'll be playing with next|
Some months ago, I did several mock ups of a cover and asked people to choose the one they liked best. That poll was very helpful and has helped me to come up with what will likely be the most aesthetically pleasing cover for my next release.
As I continue along this journey, I'm learning interesting things every day. The learning curve can be mega steep, but for all the complicated programmes out there, there are others that make being a do-it-yourself a breeze. One of my latest fun tools is Smart Photo Editor that I found out about from another writer, Shah Wharton. Have I mentioned lately that writers are the best?
What's the latest adventure you've taken on? Found any cool tools lately? Do share.
Talk to you later. I'll be away from the computer for most of today. Hope you're having a great start to the week.