Covering Covers, or the Eternal Struggle

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So one of the eternal issues in being an indie writer is your book’s face, and by that, of course, I mean the cover. One of my books got a face lift, which when you think about it, is a very strange combination of words, but that’s not the point. I’ll be sharing the new cover with you tomorrow.

It’s difficult to find the right balance, one that fits your idea of the book, and one that will attract eyeballs, all while on a budget. Because we are all on a budget, aren’t we? And if you’re not, please contact me to let me know your secrets, because that’s good too.

I’ve spent a lot of time with covers, I’ve had various forms and versions, and a ton of trial and even more error. Will the new cover do it? We’ll have to see.

While I’ve worked with artists before, mostly with design and stock art, this time, the artist did everything. He even created the concept, as I could not figure out a way to convey the feeling of the book. I think he did an amazing job, but you’ll just have to come back tomorrow and see what you think.

For the other indie authors out there, have you worked with cover artists? What has been your experience? Have you cultivated a relationship with an artist? Do you do your own art?

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