Sunday, 29 October 2017

Some Random Thoughts on Ebook Covers and Designs

I realise that I have ignored my social media sites for a while since I released 'Five-Penny Rhymes', but the truth is that things at home and at work have been really hectic, so today, I took some time out and updated my Google+, Instagram and with some new pictures, and I am chuffed to bits.

This is what my book covers now look like on my social media sites:


The biggest change I have made is to the cover of  'The Prophecy', my Norse myth/Chinese myth mashup. The original cover looked like this:


It was generated using the Kindle KDP Book Cover Generator, which I thought was a new compulsory thing for Kindle books before realising as I did 'Five-Penny Rhymes' that this was not the case.

I have been working on 'The Vision', my first purely Norse-myth related novel (more on this later), recently, and realised that no matter what, I had to put more thought into the cover of 'The Prophecy', so that I could design for a series and for 'The Prophecy' to be a book that had the option to stand alone and not be part of the series, or to be part of the series. I had always had an idea of what I wanted the cover to look like, and having discovered these things called 'stock photos', I put a few together, adjusted them, drew and added some bits and bobs, and voila, I had a new cover which I feel is more appropriate to the book, and which I am really pleased with because of its look:

This cover also works much better in photo collages, as having the title in the centre of the cover (as opposed to the bottom, like a textbook) means that I can fit it into any part of a picture, and the title will still be visible. Designing the covers myself without using a template or a wizard is so much easier as I can play around with fonts and create my own templates for future books. The only problem is finding the time to do this, but I think I can save on time if I plan what my covers will look like beforehand on paper, and then follow my plans.

It has been so enjoyable to be writing and designing and drawing, and then seeing the results on Amazon. Yes, there were lots of blimps and mistakes along the way, and it was sheer bloody hard work, but it was so much fun to be actually learning all these new skills such as designing and laying out an ebook, and just seeing my three book covers together in a collage is more than enough for me. I want to do more, and this is just the beginning!