I was only browsing through some images on iStock last night for a book cover of another book when I suddenly came across this one image. And WOW that is what I should have used for my first book.
How on earth did I not found it until now? But thankfully I can do things like go back and re-design my book covers because I self-publish 🙂
So I did a little mock-up and sent it to only a few people and asked what they thought. I got good feedback and now this morning I went and downloaded it.
Here is what it looks like.
Since self-publishing that book two years ago (holy f*ck!), I’ve come a long way in terms of craft. And my image spotting, that’s what I’m calling it, has improved a lot. I only recently I came across someone who gave some good pointers on what was needed for a book cover. Having a central item to look at like a person is one of those things 🙂 This definitely hits the mark. I also think that this will attract a lot more readers too.
Here is my old cover for comparison.
Yesterday I completed the first draft of my prequel novella Jump Start. It is around 20,000 words and today I’ve made up a cover image for it.
I just completed the first draft of The Things We Do. At just under 25,000 words as well. I hope to have this book done by the end of the year 🙂 I’m going to wait a few days and then begin to edit this one. I’ve got another story I want to edit and one I want to finish. Hopefully this year will be my mos productive.
I’m working on another novella. It’s not exactly dystopian, but it has a lot of elements of it. It’s set in a futuristic world on foreign planets that have recently been involved in civil unrest and conflict. The story follows Lone Honora, a young adult who as a child escaped the civil war on her home planet of Vauban and moved to a neighboring planet called Nova Vita. But due to the political climate she and her family have been reduced to boarder-line second class citizens as they attempt to rebuild their lives. With the onset of her mother’s cancer diagnosis, which is not covered by the Nova Vita government, Lone resorts to stealing from her workplace to fund it.
Then she gets caught and is sent to jail. Once there she finds that she is losing control of her life it starts to fall apart. And then life begins to take a even worse direction. A secret, her long held secret appears to resurfacing. A secret that will destroy what is left of her precious life.
Finally managed to create a book cover good enough for this book. I’ve gone through many images but I think this is the best one 🙂
I just uploaded my second book – My Cousin Megan. Amazon seems to have accepted the book cover image I submitted but Smashwords did not. So I had to go back and make a second one that wasn’t as good as the first one. It was the pixel issue. The image I used was a medium-sized one I got from iStock.com, but the sizing was out of whack I guess. You can’t tell really. So I downloaded the large size, which made all the fonts in Pixlr seem too small, even after I changed the image sizing down the the 2400 pix wide they require.
This the final image I wanted to use.
And here is the second I had to make up on the fly 😦 It’s not as good.
Damn you smashwords, why you so difficult sometimes?
But I seemed to have had a smaple download within the first minute. So the image is luring people in I think 🙂
My second book is out 🙂 It’s a novelette, at 16,000 words. It’s a young adult book revolving around Jo. She’s at her Dad’s for the Christmas holidays where she finds out about her younger cousin’s pregnancy. Megan, the cousin, isn’t revealing who the father is and now it’s Jo’s job to find out. Available on Smashwords and Amazon.