Here it is!
MY AWESOME COVER!
If you missed the creation process, scroll down to yesterday's post. I failed to mention a few important details in that post, so I'll put them here.
1) THINK AHEAD! Thank goodness for my friend Ali Cross who asked a very important question. What about the other covers? Will you use the same model? *panic* I hadn't thought of that. Frantic, I searched the stock photos and luckily found a whole slew of pictures taken of this same model. Whew! I've since purchased three for the same price as this one. Now I'm set for the entire series. I've also saved all four photos in several different places in case my computer crashes.
Also, if this book is the first in a series, make sure you like the style of the first cover because the rest of the books in the series should match. I'll repeat the black at the top and bottom, use the same font and place the title and my name in the same positions. The only real difference will be the photo used, and even that will be similar. The photos I purchased for the other covers are all head shots of this same model. Uniformity is key here. You want your "fans" to recognize your work. (Yes, you're going to have fans.) SQUEEEEE!
2) THINK SMALL! Remember that this cover will be a little tiny thumbnail on Amazon.com or wherever you choose to sell your book. Make sure it rocks TEENY. Is the title visible? How about the author's name?
3) THINK POD! Are you doing a printed version (print on demand)? If so, you'll have to create a back cover as well. For mine I used the same background photo of the forest. I darkened it a little so my cover copy will show up and then added a fun element. The story has a white tiger in it, so I cropped one from a free stock site and placed it in the forest. I still might darken it a little more, but you can at least get the idea here. What do you think?
You'll also need to create the book spine detail, but that should be easy enough. Be sure to leave room at the bottom right for your BAR CODE and ISBN number. And you'll want to leave plenty of room for those endorsement quotes from Stephanie Meyer and J.K. Rowling, right? RIGHT?
That's it. Do you like them? See anything you'd change or tweak?