Well, everybody, the day is finally here! My first cover reveal.
I'm actually so excited to share this with you, and if your curiosity is insatiable, I don't blame you if you choose to forego the story of how I came up with the design in order to look at it. However, since there may be some of you who are interested in self-publishing and might someday have to create your own book cover, I want to tell you what I went through.
At first, I had an incredibly complex cover in my mind. I talked about it with my step-mom - a graphic artist who helped me with the cover design - and she pointed out that it just wasn't possible with our resources. Instead, I took a few weeks to think about it and then went to some stock photo websites to look through some pictures in order to find ideas.
And then I found the picture that would be my cover. It uses one element of my original idea, which I love. It's simple but poignant, and illustrates what the book is about without throwing different elements at the reader. I sent it to my step-mom and she loved it. We both worked on toying with the font and the placement of the title and author, and managed to finish the entire cover in a few hours. I sent it to my beta, Leighann, and she loved it too.
All it cost me was $19 for the photo. Now, if by some miracle, my book sells 200,000 copies, I'll have to repurchase the more expensive photo because of distribution restrictions. It's more expensive, but I figure if I can sell 200,000 copies of my novel, I can spend a couple hundred bucks on a book cover. Luckily, I have someone who's good with Photoshop and can help me put covers together. If you don't, I would ask for recommendations from people who self-published their own books. Make sure you get your money's worth and get as much information as you can about a graphic designer so you don't get ripped off in the end.
If you have any questions about the self-publication process or specific questions about book covers, feel free to ask me in the comments or shoot me and email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Just make sure you put something in the subject line relating to writing so I don't think you're spam.
Now, enough with talking. Here is the cover for Stranger:
I'd love to know what you think of it. If you have time, drop me a comment, and have a wonderful Sunday!