Whether wrangling with words or photographs, I love images and the emotions they invoke. So as I toyed with ideas for the book video and cover for A Bridge Unbroken (set to release Spring 2014), I spent hours locating the perfect photos, colors, music, and words to adequately portray the story and its theme of forgiveness.
For the book cover, I started off with this photo, shot by my youngest sister. I liked the ruggedness of the old bridge, but the thing that really caught my eye were the rusty nails popped up from weathered boards. Unfortunately, the photo looked nothing like a book cover to me, so I hopped on over to PicMonkey.com to tinker around with it.
First I cropped the pic to take out the wire in the distance. I also zoomed in on the nails, and then spot-lighted them, by softening the background. Next I played around with fonts for the title, series name, and author.
I even shared it with friends and readers on Facebook to get their invaluable feedback. The only problem? The cover was bland and practically disappeared in thumbnail size. So I tinkered some more.
Finally I found a solution by adding a dusk effect. All of a sudden, the cover popped, the perfect representation of the storyline.
What do you think of the final result?
Finding photos for the book video proved to be an even bigger challenge. My all-time favorite place to find free, royalty-free photos is Stock.xchng. But I’ll be the first to admit the photos aren’t always grouped in a way that makes them easy to find.
I downloaded close to fifty photos, but finally settled for the pics below–only cropped and doctored–to get that back roads Texas feel, reveal two hurting characters, and represent the storyline. Notice the color scheme and use of shadows and silhouettes. I wanted to stay true to the cover colors, but since the book also contains a thread of suspense, I needed to show that through the photos.
After assembling the photos, I googled free, royalty-free music for book trailers to find an instrumental clip I thought fit well with the Miller’s Creek Novels that was also an appropriate length. The video was assembled with Windows Movie Maker. Here’s the final result for the book trailer:
What about you? Do images inspire a story in your heart and head? I’d also love to get your input, advice and feedback on the book cover and video in the comments below, and I’ll even reward you for sharing your thoughts! Oh, and if you’d like a sneak peak at the first chapter of A Bridge Unbroken–still not completely edited, mind you–CLICK HERE.
Leave a comment below to enter the drawing for a Kindle copy of the Miller’s Creek Novel of your choice. (Books are stand-alone novels, so it’s not necessary to read them in order. See links below for more info.) The winner will be chosen via Random.org on Saturday, March 22, and announced on Sunday, March 23. IMPORTANT! Be sure to leave an e-mail address so I can contact you if you’re the winner (and so I can send you your free book).
Texas Roads ~ A hurting seeker searches for home.
A Path Less Traveled ~ A grieving widow regains faith in the midst of tragedy.
The Way of Grace ~ A justice-seeking perfectionist discovers grace.
Pilgrimage of Promise ~ A couple revisits broken promises through a dusty stack of unopened love letters.