Hi! J here. I’m so excited about this post! I’m going to unveil the cover to my new book, The Peacock Tale (Book 2 of the Livingston-Wexford Adventures)...ready…psyche! It’s at the bottom…if I show you now, you will skip ahead…I just know it.
One of the reasons I decided to Indie Publish is to have control over things like the title and cover art. I actually know the titles of all the books in the series (and a bit about what will be happening in each one) and I didn’t want someone else to have to power/responsibility to change them.
The artist I worked with on this cover, and the cover to The Cordovan Vault (Book 1), did a wonderful job. Her name is Kate Moncuse (yup, my sister-in-law) and she’s an art student in college. She’s wonderful to work with and I’d recommend everyone to her after she graduates in May. Until then, she’s all mine!!!! I have lots of other stuff for her to fit in between those pesky classes. Well, she might have something to say about it…but maybe she won’t read this post…
At any rate, after we worked out the design template for the first book, we applied that template to this one and will do that for the rest of the novels in the series to give them the same look and feel. I spent some time in the bookstore looking at the covers in my genre and most of them had very busy covers, like the Harry Potter books. I didn’t want my book to fade into the pack, so Kate and I decided to do each cover in the color of the title. You’ll see that cover of The Peacock Tale is peacock-blue.
I also wanted the Book # prominent on the cover. I prefer not to have to research book order, then remember the titles (in order) to read them (in order) on my kindle. Do you get the sense that I like things to be in order?
Of course the cover is critically important to a book. No matter how many times in life we are told not to judge a book by its cover, we all do. The cover is what makes me pick up a book and read the back – most especially for an author I’ve not heard of before. And my audience is 11-15 year old girls and boys. A pink cover would never do – my test marketing (Susannah’s 13-year-old son) told me he wouldn’t be caught dead holding a purple book, even though he liked The Cordovan Vault. Once we darkened the colors and made it a bit edgier, he grunted that it was, “not too girly.” High praise from a teenager.
Well – here it is, The Peacock Tale – available October 18th.
Today’s Secret: If you choose to Indie Publish, you will need to give thought to your cover. Consider the audience, the competition, and what you want to come next if it’s a series. Then find an artist you like and can afford. College kids are often cheap and looking to develop a professional portfolio so consider contacting a local school.
Today’s Question: What kind of cover art attracts you? I’m kind of over the whole bodice-ripper thing and like the trend in romance over the last decade to go with other images.