You are all the greatest. When it comes to writing, my bravado is a lot bigger than I actually feel. The truth is, I’m terrified that people are going to hate my stuff. The fact that people actually volunteered to beta-read for me…
Thank you. I’m honored.
Since this isn’t IWSG week, I won’t dwell on my insecurities. Instead, let’s talk about covers!
Now if I were a good marketer, I’d probably arrange a big event to flood the bloggoverse with my cover, but I’m not and I didn’t. So this grand cover reveal is because I enjoy sharing.
I do the thing people recommend not doing and create my own book covers. I’m not a professional graphic designer and I don’t offer services. Everything I know has been through testing through various audiences and getting feedback. But I am rather pleased with my creations. I’ve created all the covers for the big books and have them squirreled away for when the books are actually finished. And here is Isto:
I wanted to go for a theme. The parameters: stone the color of the elemental clan, and the clan symbol in distress. Thanmir War, which you can see in the side bar, is represented by the Earth Clan. Tagline: The Earth Clan has declared war and a landscaper is at the dead center of it. Their color is green, symbol is the tree.
Now, I don’t expect anyone outside of the know to pick up on my theme. I assume most people won’t associate Isto’s cover with the Water Clan. I’m okay with that. I’m telling all of you because that’s what I like to do. 🙂
The Water Clan’s color is blue, and the symbol is overlapping waves. In my obsession to possess a logical reason for my design choices, I created an alternate “peaceful” version.
Seem more watery?
Of course, that wouldn’t go with Isto’s tagline: He saved his wife and condemned his world. But I have big visions of creating a lenticular print (those bumpy cards that show a different image depending on which direction you look at it) that I can use as swag. Okay, mostly swag for myself. I’m still a kid on the inside. I’d totally hang it up on my refrigerator after excitedly showing it off to my husband and children.
Since I am the master of my own covers and possess the power to make edits as I please, feel free to point out anything that looks wrong or other inefficiencies. Like my writing, I need external eyes to tell me where I fall short of the mark. Otherwise, what do you think?
Do you like playing with graphics? Do you ever obsess over your reasons for going with a particular design? If you could have any swag you wanted, what would it be?