A Book Cover Designing Problem

If you design your own book cover, you may encounter many problems. Being too close to the story is one of those. If you’re too emotionally involved, you might not be able to envision the best cover design. I know. I didn’t initially design the best cover for my novel An Illusion of Trust. (See the ebook cover in detail and the full print cover here.)

An Illusion of TrustBut today I’m proud to show you the beautiful new cover. Even though I designed it, I can say it’s beautiful without feeling immodest because the photo I chose did most of the heavy lifting.

I found that photo at a stock photo site a year before I published An Illusion of Trust. One look took my breath away because, to me, it portrayed the sweet beauty and fragility of Renee, the book’s main character. I stored the comp image on my computer, planning to buy the real thing when it came time to design the cover.

Fast forward six months. I’d finished writing and editing the manuscript and sent it to my beta readers. This time I hadn’t had the benefit of running the manuscript through a critique group, so I was unusually anxious as I hit that send button. And when the betas returned their feedback, it became obvious not every reader would be as sympathetic toward Renee as I’d hoped.

As I went through more rounds of revision > beta > revision, I also worked on designing the cover. But feeling that I’d written a darker story than intended, I designed a dreary cover. Every day after that, I looked at that cover and hated it. So a couple of months after publication, I changed it a bit. I hated the cover a little less, but it still depressed me. Even when it was nominated for an award.

excovers

I didn’t want to promote the book.  I hated to even think about it. A few times, I decided to unpublish it. But each of those times, a positive review or private message changed my mind. When a reader tells you how much they identified with Renee, or that her story made them cry, or that they stayed up way past their bedtime to finish reading, then you know you wrote a book that deserves to be published.

And if it deserves to be published, it deserves the best cover you can provide.  Now, I’ve done that. And I’m finally smiling.

Linda

12 thoughts on “A Book Cover Designing Problem

  1. Wow! That is a perfect cover (although I liked the first one as well.) This one really does pull you into the story. Good luck with it. It’s almost like releasing a new book!

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  2. The first cover is beautiful. And since it is a sequel, I think it is a much better cover. So why did you doubt your self and choose something else? I know, it’s hard to be your own editor. It looks like you’ve released a new book. A friend of mine has changed the covers on MG novels so many times — improving them each time. And, she’s been right with the changes. I really love your knew cover as it draws you into the story. You want to know what happens.

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    1. Sorry, Patricia, I’m not sure my brain full woke today because I’m confused on which cover you mean by “first cover.” It seems you’re saying I made a mistake in changing the cover, but then at the end you say you like my new cover.

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  3. Sorry, didn’t mean to confuse you. I think I misunderstood some of your discussion about the cover. I love the new cover you’ve chosen. It has more appeal. I would imagine it makes it feel like a new book. I do hope you put it out there.

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  4. Linda, the new cover is gorgeous… reflective, plus quite appropriate for WF, as the woman embarks on ‘an emotional journey’. I’m currently looking through stock image photos to ‘save’ and show to my cover designer for my next release. There are so many images out there… so I can appreciate what you went through, and how excited you were when you saw this one, which you saved. Good job!

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