I’ll be the first to admit that, when it comes to artistic design, I am not the most creative person in the world. In fact, I’m not even close. I’ve tried drawing, painting, even coloring in those fancy adult coloring books they have now days. When it comes to envisioning something really beautiful and visually inspiring, my talents and skills fall significantly short. What I see in my head does not translate well.
When I was close to finishing writing my book not too long ago (like a few weeks ago), it occurred to me that if I wanted to self-publish as I had planned, then I would be required to come up with some kind of visually appealing book cover. Instead of panicking and giving up, I did what any technologically savvy girl would do in 2016. I took to Google.
Search term: book cover creation software
Those search results led me to Canva. In theory, this was exactly what I needed! I had a vision for what I wanted on my book cover, but since I’m not a photographer and don’t know any Kate Beckinsale or Matt Bomer look-alikes that I could hit up for a photo shoot, I scrolled through hundreds and hundreds of stock photos that I could use instead.
The process was frustrating, to say the least. Finally, I gave up on my initial vision, and I ended up with my initial book cover. Don’t get me wrong… it’s not terrible, and I’ve seen much worse in print.
But it just wasn’t right. This feeling kept nagging at me, and nagging at me, until I decided that I would try again. I want something that better catches the story of my book and doesn’t look like a self-help book instead. Not to mention, the coloring on the print copy was entirely too dark, so it looked completely wrong in print anyway.
So I took to Google once again. This time, my approach was a little different. I wanted to do my research this time, and I even considered paying someone to do the cover for me. That made the most sense, after all. I don’t have the artistic talent, but I can find someone who does.
Search term: book covers for sale
Turns out there are quite a few websites dedicated to individual artists who list their artistic work for purchase. And I must say, there are some really talented people out there. But what ended up happening was, nothing I found was exactly right. I wanted to keep in mind something that I could use that I could create a similar cover to later for a 2nd book I’m writing , that would be visually consistent with the first. (Yep, that’s right! Dylan’s side of the story will be available soon!)
The good thing about scrolling through thousands of pre-made book covers is, I was able to get an idea of how I could do one for myself that was more in line with what I really wanted in the first place. Here is what I was able to come up with.
This, I feel, looks more like a romance novella than what I initially came up with. The blue eyed brunette represents my main character, Marzia (Zia) Benagli. In my book, I describe her as having light blue eyes, and these are dark blue, but perfection is hard to achieve in all things, and I’m okay with that.
So at any rate, please tell me what you think about the new cover versus the old one. No worries for anyone who’s read the book already… the story inside remains the same. 😉
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Comments I’ve received on the book so far:
LOVED IT. Hope you’re continuing to write and allow me to read 🙂 – Bianca M., Littlefield, TX
I’m halfway through and loving it. – Sarah J., Springtown, TX
I just finished reading ur short story and I loved it! I enjoyed the steamy parts! 😉 – Danielle P., Fontana, CA