Covers are a big thing in indie-publishing. Since indie-writers don’t have major publishing companies to screw up their
novels with crappy cover art, the writers have to do their own screwing up.
Lots of cover service companies have sprouted, but at
$200 a pop most struggling writers are opting to create their own covers with inexpensive stock art and limited typography.
Kind of like me, except I studied art in school so my covers look more professional than the common indie novel. (Cough.)
The cover for “Vast”, illustrated on top over in the left hand column of this page is the one you’ll see on the book’s Amazon page. The similar cover over there on the bottom is the original cover I designed and created. I thought the “You Are Here” cover was hilarious.
Then my editor said she thought it was hilarious, too, and if I
used it I was an idiot.
I pay the woman for her opinion. I have to heed her warnings or I might as well just flush dollar bills down the toilet.
For “House with a View” all I wanted was an image of a plain
little tree house. No way. Searched the web for weeks while writing the story. I ended up creating a cover that’s pleasant enough, but doesn’t address the gist of the story.
(Except maybe there’s a tree house hidden in there somewhere.)
I did get hold of an artist friend from high school and he’s going to work on a new cover to replace the crap cover I built. But…he’s busy until the next fly-by of Haley’s Comet, so, for now, the stupid cover stays.
The original “False Bravado” cover was a bewitching young woman wiggling her finger as if to call someone closer. But, I don’t like to use images with facial features. I’d rather the reader create their own character features. I think that gives the reader a chance to personalize the story a little.
Then, wham!, I found the glass of dry ice image. It was perfect.
It works on so many different levels. As a potion, a glass of liquid courage, a sexy cocktail.
Plus, it’s just a cool photograph.
Now, just wait until you see the cover for "Dissymmetry Vol 1". You'll be amazed as soon as Haley's comes back because my friend from school is doing that one, too. (Just kidding. About
Haley's Comet, not my artist friend.)
So, what's the real reason I decided to post about covers? If you guessed so I could display my hilarious "You Are Here - Vast" cover to the world...you just might be right. (Don't tell my editor.)
To end, if you have any comments on covers, let me know. If your arguments are cohesive and intelligent I might actually change a cover or two.
(But probably not. I’m really am a control freak.)