Monday, August 1, 2011

Cover Story

You've heard the saying, "a picture is worth a thousand words" but what if you have one picture - one chance to make a positive impression on something that is fifty, or even eighty thousand words.

Being a completely independent author means I am responsible for everything from editing to book cover design. I've recently taken to getting help with editing. I've recruited the help of others, but found I still must scour my work over and over for a long time after publication. I want to be as professional as possible in my writing, and feel that, if I am to expect someone to pay for my work, they deserve the best I can produce.

I do enjoy creating my own book covers. I use photoshop and am getting better at it all the time. I've recently decided (again) to change the book cover for my novel, Lovestruck Succubus. I've tried to keep it as simple as possible. I started to think maybe the old cover was too dark, and appeared busy.

I'm hoping that I've made my new cover more appealing. Tell me what you think. Leave a comment  below.

I may use a service such as RomanceNovelCovers for a future project. this service creates very nice looking covers that remain within the bounds of decency for sellers such as Apple.


  1. I want to give you an honest opinion. I haven't read your book though but in terms of pictures I think your cover is a bit saturated. I believe there's a reason why editorials always have all the text in the same area or use the same layout for their products. The reason is they want to look uniform and professional all the time. Your cover could also look like the cover of an XXX rated underground film. Do you want it to look indie or commercial? - think of the reader you want to attract. I am always attracted by clean covers but only because that's the picture I have of professional literature but I suppose it's a matter of taste.

  2. I agree with the addage that "Less is often more" but I felt my old cover was just too dark. This novel is listed as erotica. I chose the picture because it depicts the position my main character often finds herself in - in control of her needs, but not of her desires. The majority of the story takes place with Atlanta, Georgia as the back drop, and my main character is hounded by her oppressive demon clan leader for her constant forays into the mortal world.

    But, I suppose I agree that the cover could stand to be just a little less convoluted. I guess I stretched my wings a little too far in learning about, and playing with my photoshop program.


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