Welcome back to another blog hop, with #OpenBook. Here’s this week’s prompt.
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Do you create your own covers? Work with a cover artist to design them? Hand your ideas over to a professional and let them come up with a design? Buy a pre-made cover?
Over the last nine years, I’ve done all of the above. I’ve made my own, paid hundreds of dollars for professional covers and I’ve got them from Fiverr. A student designed some for me, with no charge, as a part of them learning their trade.
To be honest, whatever the cover, it hasn’t made much difference to my sales figures. And, no matter how many compliments people have paid them, whoever you ask for marketing advice, the first suggestion I have always received is, “change your covers.”
To be honest, I’m not too concerned about how I get them, as long as the cover reflects the genre and is reasonably congruent with current trends.
Due to the current financial situation, I’m back to designing my own covers again. I managed to pick up a subscription to Canva for a good price, which, along with sites like Pixabay, gives me access to a multitude of choices for component parts.
As an aside, I know people warn you about using sites like Pixabay. If I ever use an image from there, I always get in contact with the registered creator, tell them what I’m doing and get an email confirmation of the status of the image. Most creators are happy to agree to let me use their work for a book cover. If I don’t have their agreement, I look for another image. Of course, I will always give credit in the book for any images used.
Anyhow, when I get an idea for a story, whether I plan on doing the cover myself or not, one of the first things I do is work on a concept for the image I want to see on the finished product. This will initially be an awful-looking picture, but it’s enough to get my mind working, I refine it as I write and more of the essence of the story is revealed.
The great advantage of doing it myself is that, with KDp and print on demand, a new cover can be uploaded in minutes, so if something isn’t working, or I just fancy a change/get a new idea, I can have a revised version available very quickly. I can then sell any old paperbacks I might have left over as signed, special limited editions at events.
And now, the moment that you’ve all been waiting for, a selection of my covers.
Now, some of my concepts for part finished stories.
Until next time.
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