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I am probably the least experienced person to be covering this topic, but, I don’t care. Let’s just say, I did not have the best time getting my cover art worked out. Granted, I am satisfied with the finished product, but it’s not fantastic. (Not as great as I had pictured) But trust me, this is NOT the worst thing to come out of all of this. Let me try to help you to get the best cover art you possibly can.
- Cost really matters. I did my cover art on Fiverr.com, recommended to me by a member in a writing group. I never heard of this site before and I was curious. If you’re unfamiliar, Fiverr is a freelancing website full of artists that do “budgeted” work. In other words, they don’t work for some massive corporation, which honestly I really loved. I thought it would be cool to save some money AND help out independent artists. Win, win, right? Mmmm, not so much. While this site is cost effective, you really get what you pay for. And not in the good way. The first person I hired from Fiverr was only about $40 and her art work and other cover arts were really nice. I thought that $40 was a bargain for what I may get! I was so very wrong. I won’t go into detail, but I asked for a fairy on the cover, and she wasn’t sure what a fairy was. [insert Patrick Stewart face palm here]
- Be clear what you want. This was a huge mistake I made… but not really. After I got rid of the last person, I then hired another person on the same site, but with slightly higher prices (and better quality). Her requirements were to pick 3 pictures from Pexels.com of images you want to have in your cover. I had some idea of what I wanted it to look like, so I picked 3 images like she said and she made 3 mock-ups. None of them were very good. It took a long time to really get a product that I wanted. Here’s a good way to tell your artist what you’re looking for:
- Provide Samples. And LOTS of them! Best way I did this was too Google book covers in the genre I was writing in and saved 6 pictures. I recommend 6 at the very least when doing this. Also, add a couple that you really hate or dislike. This will help them better understand what to stay away from, too.
- Explain Why. With each picture you provide be as detailed as possible. Highlight what you like and what you don’t like and explain your reasons why. With the ones you don’t like, put what you don’t like about it specifically. The type, the colors, the background, ect. I seem to be strict about the type I like and don’t like.
- Type. This might just be me, but type is probably more important than anything else on your cover. The picture can be great all on it’s own, but if you have a really hard to read type face, or too many different kinds of fonts (3 should be the maximum) it can turn people away. Be clear what fonts you really like, and even what you like about them, and what fonts you want to stay clear of. Comic sans, I’m lookin’ at you.
- Why I didn’t want a big company to do my cover. As I explained a bit earlier, it came down to money. I had no idea the cost of self-publishing (still less than traditional, though). I put more money away for my editing than I did for the cover art. I think that was well worth the price too. But, I didn’t want to go to a big company because I cherish my book soooo much, I was afraid they would TELL me what should be on it. I wouldn’t have much of a say and little to no control of how it turned out. I’m now learning the hard way that they may have been the best choice for my first go around. They know the business really well, and what sells and what doesn’t. They will tell you exactly what size, what market, what colors are best for that market, ect. I had to just wing it, other wise. Needless to say, for my next book, I will be looking for a company and spending a lot more money to get exactly what I want.
I hope this helps you self-publishers like me. Don’t learn things the hard way like I did. I mean, you can if you want, but I was here to warn ya. ##
Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I have been a little busy and I’m on a deadline, which really sucks. Granted, I put the deadline in place and I have the authority to change it, but what kind of boss would I be?! Just gearing up for the fast-pace industry that I will be getting into, graphic design, and I need to start practicing now. I guess…
The deadline is for my published novel. As you might know, I’ve set it for March. Though, I haven’t set a ‘date-date’. So, this could even be the end of March if wish. (heh heh heh) But my goal is by at least the middle of the month. Right now I am struggling SO HARD with getting the perfect cover art. Everything I have tried so far, professionally, have been disasters. I am using this freelancing site called Fiverr and have worked with two people now, and thinking of getting a third. Third times a charm, right? God, I hope so. I’m not sure if I’m allowed to show you the first cover I received, but let me try to describe it.
Imagine… you’re at a local video game store and you’re in the mood to find a new game you’ve never seen or heard of before. (Yes, I said video game) You look past the rows of unfamiliars, until you reach a quite peculiar game with the title ‘Fliers’ on the front. As you examine it, you see a young, petite blonde girl who looks as innocent as an angel wearing a glowing white shirt. Slightly standing in front of her, a large male with giant orange wings stares expressionless into the distance. You might be curious as to what he is exactly. Is he a large fairy? Is she an extremely small person? Is he a form of a demonic angel? It’s unclear, but what is clear is that his body and face were carved from the high tech coding of a Nintendo 64 and copied and pasted there. Then what’s even more bizarre is that this is NO video game, it is in fact; a book. *gasp*
When I asked the artist why the “fairy” was bigger than the girl, she claimed to not know what a fairy was.
Anywhos… Other than my cover art debacle, I have a TON to edit on the story itself and it is extremely time consuming. I think it’s almost good for me to have this pressure to write with a time line. Otherwise, it would not be released until 2020. But I can’t wait any longer. I’m on my second (last) wave of beta readers and this is the last feedback I’ll get before publishing. So, I’m sticking to whatever I end up with. NO MORE EDITING. Man, that has such a nice ring to it… 🙂
I’m also taking my last two classes at the Community College I go to. YAY! So, naturally, they are taking a good chunk of time too. Although, one class I get to make my own personal logo and it’s pretty fucking awesome. I may have some pictures of it later on.
I think that’s everything. Have a neato day, everyone. ##
What are your goals for the next 30 days?
In 30 days, it will be February 26th. So, let’s see. I hope to have my final revisions done for Fliers and completely professionally edited and proofread. So I can publish it! ^.^
I want my cover art done. It’s been, uh… delayed… But should be done well within the week, hopefully.
I want to do well in my classes. Already made a pretty awesome logo, I think. 🙂
I submitted a flash fiction and am hoping that I won it. (will know mid Feb)
Want to get my outline done for the sequel of Fliers.
That’s it. ##