Thursday, March 24, 2011

Love's Daughter: Concept Cover

I've been working on my novel, Love's Daughter, a bit lately. I wrote a while back about discovering a newly found inspiration to devote myself to getting it done... it's only been in the works for two years, after all.  Sarcasm aside, I really enjoy writing this story and I hope that someday, someone will enjoy reading it.  For now, it's not even nearly half done but I have a ton of notes to push the plot through, at the very least, the halfway point.

If you've seen my novel page, then you've seen the covers and synopsis's there, but I've been feeling pretty unsettled about them lately.  Okay, a quick rephrase, I've been feeling pretty unsettled about the covers. There's a lot of talk about novel covers being a huge selling point for books, and mostly the conversation is taking place among Indie authors, but it's still gotten me thinking. I want my novel cover to be simple, pretty, and somewhat professional. It's tricky, though, since I'm far from a professional with graphics and Photoshop.

Still, I wanted something more sophisticated than what I had, so I've been tinkering with Photoshop, using images I found on Dreamtime, and wanted to share what I've come up with...

Please click the cover to see it full size. I had to shrink it to make it fit in this entry, but in so doing I lost a bit of definition. The cover is somewhat like what you'd find on a print book. Most e-Book covers are only the front, no back is necessary for obvious reasons. Still, this is my first attempt at anything like this and I know the dimensions are off by quite a lot, but I thought it was a good first try, which is why I'm showing it to you at all. In other words, I'm proud of it, even though it's hardly professional.

You'll probably notice that the bio information is somewhat off, but I'm hopeful.  It reflects my not-so-distant future plans, rather than where I am right now.  A girl can dream, can't she?! Anyhow, I'm feeling quite under the weather today so I'm going to go back to vegging on the sofa now.


  1. I worry about cover art, too, since I know nothing about drawing or graphic design. I'm trying to learn Photoshop better so maybe I can figure out how to make cover art, since I agree, it's a big selling point.

    Looks like you're off to a great start!

  2. Thanks!! I think it's an art that I've yet to grasp... but I'm trying. :D

  3. Beautiful cover! I love it!

    When a book is accepted for publication, I was under the impression that publishers prefer to choose their own artists to design your book cover. Is that not the case?

  4. It is, in fact. The book is nowhere near close to being ready for publication, it's not even half written. I like to do things like this for two reasons. The first is inspiration. I like something to look at, and something to put on my Novel page. The second is the chance that I might, someday, decide to self-publish. I doubt I will, but who knows.

    Thank you for the compliment, I thought it turned out well. :D

  5. I can definitely see how creating these covers would inspire you. If I had a visual like this for one of my story concepts, it would totally get me pumped to do more writing.