Hello everyone. Well, we all know about how important it is to have a great book cover. Without it, you might as well say – I couldn’t be bothered to get a great cover (and I couldn’t be bothered to get an editor, or learn my craft, or … you get the idea?) I am instantly put off a book if the cover is rotten. I get emails every day asking me to review books, feature book tours, and the authors. I will usually say no if the cover sucks. Why bother investing my time on their books, if they couldn’t be bothered to?
So…. I did bother! 🙂
Please note: I can get by designing covers; apart from fancy fonts. *Groan! I can find them no problem – I have loads on my MAC in fact. But I don’t know how to put them into the font libraries of the software I use to design the covers (a variety of things like GIMP Pic Monkey Smart Photo, etc). IF you know PLEASE SHARE :D!
Today I wanted to get feedback and show you the book cover ideas I have had for my next novel in The Supes Series.
The first picture is of the cover designed by a professional indeed – Derek Murphy. He’s brilliant, but way out of my price range now. So, I got down and dirty and tried to do the second cover myself.
Below was my first idea. A little too Sci-Fi when considering my novel is urban fantasy. There are aliens, but this is inappropriate in other ways – someone said it looked like a woman’s privates bits!! Not the look or genre I was looking for, although conceding to use another woman-on-the-cover kind of cover again, annoyed me. *Sigh.
So then I knocked this one up. I used the same model as was used for the first book in the series, for continuity (and coz she’s just right as Luna) and set about layers and filters and spicing things up a bit.
I am thinking of better fonts and I’ve asked my pricey designer to send me a link or information about the font he used on Finding Esta, so I can match them. That would be best I think. Then, I’ll have them ready for the third in the series. Hurrah! 🙂
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