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Today is all about cover love. Ahhh - book covers, I really do love them. They are, after all, usually our first impression of a book. Some have been done well, some could be done better. I have had to think carefully about cover art and I'll tell you why....
For those of you who have been asking, the answer is yes... I am going to be bringing the Time Spirit Trilogy out in paperback. Wohoo!! Can you tell I'm excited?
The plan was to originally release Golden Blood in paperback in January. I used Createspace to set everything up. My proof arrived! I held my breath as I excitedly ripped it open... then my shoulders slumped and I frowned.
It was wrong.
It was just all wrong.
For one, I had formatted the book incorrectly and it was more like a pamphlet than a book - easy mistake to fix. The cover looked good, but just not quite right. I LOVED the back cover, but something wasn't working on the front.
I Skyped my friend immediately to lament and she gave me some feedback from her daughter and some of her friends. Basically my cover wasn't cutting it with teens. Now, I love my cover and I have had some great feedback on it. I had a very clear vision in my head and the graphic designer did exactly what I asked them to.
But, you know what? I think I got it wrong.
A fan did a mock up cover for me a couple weeks ago and I shared it on my Facebook page, because I thought it was so stunning. It got a great response... and rightly so. She captured the essence of Gemma and made it sexy and appealing.
I had to sit back and ask myself a few questions... What do I want my cover to say? What emotion do I want to convey? What are teens looking for in covers? Which covers are loved?
So, I checked out the Top 100 covers of 2010 and 2011 on Goodreads... I also hunted down some covers that are due out in 2012. I also spent some time specifically looking for indie covers... the people who don't have a huge publishing company behind them... people like me.
It was interesting to see which covers attracted me. I think everyone has a bit of a preference.
I love faces or close up shots of magical looking objects. Eyes attract me too. I like the title to be twirly & fancy... or at least have twirls and fanciness surrounding the letters. I also love the background to have a little depth... a few things going on.
Here are three indie covers that really jumped out at me...
I have learned so much from my browsing and have come up with some great concepts that I can't wait to make happen. I will continue with my digital series for now, because I want to release the books when I said I would, but come March, The Time Spirit Trilogy will be coming out with spiffy new covers that hopefully hit the mark a little better.
Have you ever had to design a cover before? What questions need to be asked? Which covers do you love?
Find out what catches the eye of other indie goers here.