In an earlier post I wrote that I think good titles are very important. I love reading and writing words, so I pay attention to titles. Titles can’t be too long or they won’t fit on the cover, so a good title manages to be intriguing and informative yet short.
But not everyone pays as much attention to words as I do. Lots of people care more about the picture(s) on the cover. Even I notice covers; I wouldn’t have found one of my all-time favorite books, All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen, if I hadn’t been intrigued by the cover. (I couldn’t tell if it showed a boy or a girl, but I was pretty sure it was a boy. Turns out it was a girl. Pretending to be a boy. Got that?) I even wrote a whole post about covers.
I didn’t bother to make or ask anyone to make a cover for my Screnzy 2012 script or the novel that I wrote during the two sessions of Camp NaNoWriMo 2012. There wasn’t any particular reason for that; I just sort of forgot. However, I wanted a cover for The Strange Ones, which I have renamed The Thing About Magic. I originally changed the title to The Day The World Might Have Ended, but I think this third title fits my story better. Thanks to everyone who
I’ve gotten fairly good at editing images so I made a few of my own covers. However, there are also sections on both the adult site and the YWP where you can request images (mostly covers, but sometimes character drawings). It’s pretty simple; you just fill out a form that describes what you want your cover to look like. I asked a few NaNoers whom I “know” through blogging. However, in the end I decided to feature just one cover because it was so wonderful.
I actually made several covers, but this is the best one. Yes, I know that it says The Strange Ones. I’m an idiot; I deleted the original picture from My Pictures and later, in an attempt to get more memory so that I could save my progress to my NaNovel, I deleted the original from my computer. It turned out that I couldn’t find the original picture online, either. Argh! Anyway, I’m still looking for it. The updated version will be exactly the same save for a different title. I used PicMonkey to make all the covers because Microsoft Paint is stupid on my computer and won’t always let me save images. I don’t want this to sound like a plug for the website, but it’s free, doesn’t require an account, doesn’t involve downloading anything, and has some really cool fonts and effects. The lightning in/on the globe reminds me of magic, and I really like the whole concept of someone having the whole world at his fingertips – literally.
This cover was made by the amazing Hannah Rachel, who writes at Nearly Published and Tales of an Unpublished Writer in addition to posting artwork at Chocolate Milk and Penny Loafers. She actually made several covers for me and they were all nice, but this one was absolutely gorgeous. I really think it’s professional quality and when I publish my novel on CreateSpace again, I’m definitely using this cover. I love the background that looks watercolors or maybe a painting that was rained on. I love the contrast of the girl’s bright red shoes against all the greens, blues, and grays. I love how the umbrella blocks all the watercolor-stuff and shows the silhouette of the girl’s body. I think it’ll work well whether this novel ends up as a parody with fantasy or a fantasy with parody. I adore this cover. Thank you, Hannah Rachel! You’re awesome! If anyone needs a cover made, you should ask her.
Do you make or have others make covers for your books? Which of my covers do you like the best and why?