As an author, I’m always on the lookout for pictures. Pictures for book covers, pictures for teasers, pictures for background settings, pictures to add to my Pinterest board. I can get sucked into a rabbit hole of stock photo websites and easily lose hours to mindless scrolling. It’s hard finding just the right image to fit a book. I’ll save dozens of photos, but continue searching for one that might be just a bit better than the last. It’s a constant battle of “oh that couple was used on a bunch of other book covers” to “this doesn’t quite fit my character’s description.” It’s important to me that the picture on the cover reflects the character I describe in my story.
A little over a year ago, I was scrolling Facebook and saw some pictures that a friend had shared from a recent photography session. When I came across the images I stopped and thought, “That’s them! They are my book characters!” Knowing their personalities only helped solidify my choice, but visually, this couple portrayed exactly who I had pictured in my head for my main characters. Immediately I texted my friend and asked her if she was interested in being on the cover of my book. She was already a reader, so she jumped at the opportunity and put me in touch with the photographer. I’m so grateful the photographer was also excited about the opportunity and graciously shared her work. This book cover was the result. This is only one of the six book covers I’ve created.
That really got me thinking about what all goes into creating a book. It’s not just writing and editing that make the story. The cover wraps up all of our words and it’s what hopefully entices a reader to take a peek inside. It’s the first thing they see. Colors, fonts, images, layers, design elements…these are all key pieces to putting together the final product. Each author goes through the creative process differently. Some hire a book cover designer and some—like me—create their own covers from scratch. I love making each book its own, including small details on the cover that are tucked away in the pages.
In the end, it’s important to me that the cover accurately portrays the story inside. I’m a visual person, so it’s what I look for in the books that I read and what I want to deliver when publishing a book. Seeing the picture helps me visualize the characters while I’m reading.
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