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The Cover Design Process

Waddup Savi Crew!

I am smack dab in the middle of finding a cover designer for my debut novel, Life of Gabby: Boyfriend Wanted (please note: this title is pending and can change because I’m having my manuscript reviewed by my critique partner and she commented on the title not really fitting what she was reading #authorproblems); but I digress, while my book is otherwise unavailable, I am focusing on its outer layer—the skin, if you will.

It has often been said, “You cannot judge a book by its cover.” Well, the millions of readers out there—whether in a physical musty library or the dull glow of their computer screen poised to click and add to their new TBR list—will beg to differ. Book cover design can make or break a novel. I mean, how are potential readers going to know if your book is any good IF THEY’RE NOT EVEN GONNA OPEN IT! Sorry for yelling but a lot of indie authors overlook this part or don’t see its value and importance.

So while my book sits in the arms of another, I am seeking my cover design artist. A valuable tool for my quest is Reedsy. I first heard about this site from Kristen Martin, an awesome Authortuber with four international bestsellers under her belt and she’s an indie author! Well, Reedsy has EVERYTHING you need to get your book going. You want to start writing your first draft? Reedsy is the perfect domain to keep everything in one place. You want to find cover designers, editors and publishers for your novel? Reedsy got it all. The site organises the professionals according to their years of expertise, review count, response rate, etc. For the record, #notsponsored

I requested quotes from five cover designers and have heard back from all before the end of the week! Even the rejected ones offer great feedback on my request brief that helps me to market my novel better. I’m not sure who I’m going to go with—they all sound so talented and awesome! Don’t forget to state that your cover artist should use royalty free content for your cover. I know that sounds like a dumb thing to take note of but you’d be surprised how easy it is to overlook things like that.

Speaking of, my current cover concept for LOG: Boyfriend Wanted contains an image of an Afro wearing girl silhouette. This image is subjected to copyright therefore I will not be using this for my novel but would like to give credit to the artist: Tall N Curly, she’s a curly illustrator with fantastic comics and an ardent following. I was going to request using the image but apparently she doesn’t allow anyone to use her stuff—which I totally understand and respect. Please check out her website, Facebook and Instagram, if you’re interested.

Getting back to my own copyrighted stuff, I shall be reviewing the quotes received from the cover designers, make the necessary comparisons—artwork, timeline turnover, finances—and make my decision. Naturally you guys will have a first sneak peek of the cover once that time has come. In the meantime, do your research and please don’t steal copyrighted images and use them as your own. We live a global village so the chances of the person (or someone they know) seeing your image and dragging you to court are a lot greater thanks to modern technology.

All in all, this has been a fun but tedious process. It’s been a learning curve for me and once I’ve gotten over this hurdle, I know the second and third times are going to be much easier. Well, that’s all I’ve got this week—a bit long but valuable information for wannabe indie writers like myself. Toodles for now.

And remember, no matter where you live, take a little time to enjoy the island life!
Happy Writing!

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