(actually this image has nothing much to do with the post, it’s just a shameless plug…..on sale on Kindle, the first volume in a peerless work of history of the Isles of Wales, Ireland, England and Scotland- yeh!…. and also how to use a stock photo and almost get away with it)
This is a post of two parts.
For ease of navigation and convention you are reading the first part.
This part serves several functions:
It is a useful read for those who have not yet considered book covers, as it is a frank account of the dilemmas you will encounter.
For folk who take the production of book covers seriously it is an insight into a mind of someone who would take the production of book covers to a respectable level if someone thwacked him about the head.
Fans of whimsical posts which skirt with Reality are invited to My World.
Students of Human Nature are allowed to reach their own conclusions.
Facing the Unavoidable
Once upon time, I resided in a frame of mind which abjured the harsh realities of making a book known to the public. When a narrative had been framed into chapters and reached a conclusion that was that. The book cover was something to be chosen from a limited supply of publishers’ free covers; the notion being the irony of my choice would be so obvious to the public they would clamber to purchase my volume(s).
(No kidding folks, that’s the cover of Vol I of the Nearly Not Quite Paladins trilogy…..a comic fantasy work)
Sad, isn’t it? (don’t go there, one day it will turn up on Kindle…free)
Anyways, having signed up to WordPress and read a number of intelligent, informative and helpful blogs the truth finally sunk in.
Take the cover as seriously as the writing yo-yo!
Thus, ever lurking in the middle of my mind was the inescapable finality; I would have to have a unique cover to my book otherwise the best part of two years would wither or worse go perrffft!!
Oh What To Do??
The Professional Approach
A few posts went into practicalities of paying for a design. Now this made irrefutably good sense, after all established and successful writers aren’t renowned for designing their own covers? There was a problem there- the budget did not extend to cover such a cost. It could be argued the capital spent would be an investment. A fair enough argument for many and I would not stand in their way; but Ah me……the paradox and the conflict of not being able to justify my expenditure on my work.
The Skilled and Artistic Approach
Much to my surprise and fascination there were indeed numerous folk out their designing covers for their own books, and the skill I could only admire. One example; Rachael Ritchley whose YA series of book glow with imaginative and beautiful covers.
I concluded, therefore this was for me, I shall design my own. All I need is to find the write….sorry….right format/programme/something-or-other.
The…Uh?….What Do I Do Next?…..Where Do I Save This?…Where’s the Other Half of The Cover Gone? Approach
When faced with the process of choosing the right format/programme…etc, there was my usual problem. In studying these formats etc I have the attention and perception span of an adolescent male attending a history class dealing with the politics of choosing a 14th Century Holy Roman Emperor while said male has just witnessed the school cheerleaders in practice. In short I…am…very…..annoying. (If it is any consolation to those who have the maturity to handle the serious production of book covers I am equally annoying to myself).
Once more…’Thus’ did follow the usual internal debate as to how to circumvent this.
I desire a book cover which reflects the content.
But, like hey man, all this procedure….Like man, it’s too heavy for me, y’know. Like too intense man; too far out.
Usual answer, Do It On The Hoof and See What Happens.
Here We Go Then….
Within these strictures I set to work, solidifying ideas swilling about my head for months
I had a notion on the nature of a cover which would represent one central facet of the narrative. I had worked out an image, which was possible to replicate onto a photo.
I had a location.
I had a thematic to work with.
And I had Windows Gallery, which I could work with.
All on the proverbial Hoof fitting in with:
My intention to produce a book cover
A workable format
In the next post will be a narrative of the progress, so far.