I’m the first person to admit that I have a propensity for trying to do everything myself. This can sometimes be a good thing.
However, I have recently been given a wake up call about one thing that I consider very important in a book….
The cover design has to be good!
I read a few tutorials about how covers could be put together for almost no cost to the author. But, I skipped some very important facts in the process…
- The cover has to be good enough to sell the book
- The components used for the cover have to be consistent
- Copy-cut-paste is NOT your friend…
- Sometimes your best idea is NOT a good one…
So… What promoted these realizations?
I submitted the above cover to covercritics.com, and they were kind enough to take a peek at my draft cover. Almost everyone who comments on the submitted designs is a designer themselves, and they receive no compensation for their reviews.
I have to be completely honest, this was one of the reasons I submitted a draft version, because if the concept was flawed, or cliched then I wasn’t going to invest the time to polish it further.
I’m going back to the drawing board to sketch out some new cover concepts, or try to find funds to pay a real designer.
While I do that, feel free to offer your own thoughts in my comments, below.