|Co-designed by Tirzah L. Goodwin|
Does all this mean I'm planning to self-publish? Call me old-fashioned but, especially for my first book, I'm holding out to be traditionally repped. And believe me, I'll be glad to have the publishing house figure out how to create a cover that conveys the essence of Josepha, abolitionist Reeca Fitzgerald and sadistic slave catcher Benjamin Michaelson. I can't wait to see if the design team will decide to go with a photo of a person or an inanimate object.
SO WHY DO I HAVE THIS COVER?
It's for a couple of different reasons. One is that over on the right side of my blog I have a thumbnail of the cover that takes you to an excerpt of Gift. Plus looking at this cover is an incredible morale builder; if I ever think about throwing in the towel, I look at this artwork and whisper to myself, "Wouldn't you like for this to be the real deal?" Works every time. :)
And it's not just self-pubbers who might need to create artwork like this. When, on that blessedly wonderful day, I do an Amazon pre-order campaign for Gift, those who place an order on the designated day will receive a free PDF containing an extra story from the book, so I'll need an attractive cover for that. And did I mention I also do design work as well as editing for my day job and just couldn't resist doing this. :)
If you'd like to be amazed by Tirzah's other covers, I hope you'll take a moment to visit her blog, A Clever Whatever, at http://acleverwhatever.blogspot.com or her online portfolio at http://www.wix.com/tirzahlou/tirzahsbookcovers.
By the way, Tirzah did the original cover for Jeanne Bannon's debut novel, Invisible. You can see it at http://beyondwordsblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/is-this-my-lola.html. Both it and the book trailer Tirzah created rock hard.
PLANNING TO WORK WITH A DESIGNER?
Whether you'll be partnering with someone to create a cover for your self-published book or you're working with a publishing house's design team, I highly recommend Tirzah's post Helping Your Cover Designer.
Or have you always yearned to make your own book cover? Tirzah has our backs for this as well with her post Create Your Own Book Cover Without Photoshop.
Your turn: What inspires you to keep on writing?