Wow. January flew past me. It’s been busy at the Town’s End, but nothing this squirrel can’t handle.
I’ll hop straight to the question of the month, since it’s a topic I’ve been known to obsess over.
IWSG Question of the Month – If you are an Indie author, do you make your own covers or purchase them?
When I first started my publication journey, I heard the same advice over and over again. Don’t make your own cover. Honestly, I can see the reasoning behind this, as we’re often terrible judges of our own work, especially if we don’t know the waters we’re wading into.
But fame and fortune were never my goal with my writing, so I set out on my own journey to create the covers I wanted. I went through several iterations, moving from this to this, then seeking feedback with this, and eventually settling where I am now. And because I want to stay consistent, I created the covers for the whole series, even though I’m still working on book 2.
Are they exceptional covers? No. Will they drive click-bait traffic? Likely not. Will anyone but me understand them? Ha. Are they exactly what I want? Yep.
Symbolic covers aren’t huge sellers. Trends show people connect more when there’s a character to look at. But it wasn’t what called to me for this series. And since my goal wasn’t sales so much as fulfilling my life long dream of completing this series, I was okay with good looking covers, even if they weren’t purchase enticing.
Not to say I’m against character based covers. In fact, I’m fairly proud of my companion novel cover, which I also did myself:
Are there better artists? Sure. Is she missing fingernails? Definitely. But it’s not half-bad for an self-made.
I also went character based with my Cera Chronicles, doing a photoshoot of a friend to make a series of planned novellas.
But I’ve since encountered a problem–I can’t turn what have into what I want.
See, Cera is bronze, like her father.
And I’ve found I can’t edit skin tone worth a darn.
I’ll probably redo them as digital paintings, when I get back around to that series.
Speaking of digital painting, fellow blogger Olga Godim had asked if I had portraits of my characters after last month’s lineup. Beyond my four Book 2 POVs (plethora of those), I don’t. But I hope to remedy that this year. Of course, I kicked off the effort with my main guy Derek.
I went with semi-realism rather than the stylized cartoons this time. I’m trying to find a happy medium between the two. This is a redo of my 2019 version.
Well, this post has gotten unwieldy, though I’m not surprised. I better wrap it up and send you on your way to other blogs for Insecure Writer’s Support Group day.
What are your opinions on self-made covers? Do you have suggestions for improvements? Is there a subject you’re passionate about?