Like I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post (seen HERE), I have had the cover for my next book, “Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop,” for a few months now, and I’m in love with it. Like for “The Right Design,” my amazing cover designer has once again gone above and beyond with this one, too.
One might wonder why I started working on the cover way before I was finished with the book, but to me, it just made sense. Book covers are something that I take very seriously, especially since I’m a self-published author. I’m not saying that self-published authors aren’t on equal playing field with traditional published authors (we certainly are), but people who aren’t in our world, don’t understand how hard it is to brainstorm, write and edit the book, and then let it go out into the world. There is a lot of work that is involved if you’re taking the road down Self Publishing Avenue. Besides making sure that your manuscript has been edited a lot of times with qualified editors (the most important thing), the second most important thing is having a professional designer create your cover.
How many times have you been online or in a bookstore and you’re drawn to a book because of the cover without reading the blurb? I do it a lot. Think about it, the cover is the fist thing we see, right? A cover’s job is to catch a reader’s eye, help gain fans, and help you increase sales.
This leads me to explain why I wanted to create the cover so far in advance. It can take a long time to create a cover the perfect one. For “The Right Design,” I went over seven drafts before what I envisioned came to life, and it was worth it. I had a certain vision for “Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop,” (which is okay, even though I’m still in the editing process, because the cover still fits the storyline perfectly).
While cover designers can be expensive, shop around to find someone who works into your budget. If you plan on creating the cover yourself to save money, I highly suggest that you cut costs in other places (ex: don’t hire a formatter, instead do it yourself).
I’d love to hear what you think about book covers, so be sure to leave a comment, and be sure to share your favorite book cover, too!