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    Cover art

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by AmyWriter, Aug 21, 2015.

    I'm the type of person who plans ahead so I started thinking about c0ver art for my close-to-finished book. Instantly, I was plunged into depression. I'm horrible at drawing and I don't really know anyone who's that great at it. I have one friend but I feel like if I ask him to do it I wouldn't even know what I would want it to be. Anyone else having the same trouble? Anyone else have an answer? (I doubt the latter).
     
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    It's only an issue if you are planning on self-pubbing. Traditional publishers do the cover art.

    If you are planning on self-pubbing and really want to give your book the best shot, hire someone to do it for you. There are folks out there who specialize in it.
     
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    Everyone tells me to self-publish but I don't want to. Thanks for the info. That helps. (Phew, now I don't have to think about it and I can leave it to my poor, poor publisher :))
     
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    If the vast majority of self-published book covers are any clue, these people must specialise in being talentless money-grabbers.
     
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    There are some really good freelance artists who will do covers for self-published books, some of whom have also done covers for traditionally-published books. Problem is, many self-published authors don't want to pay for a good cover. They put all of that time and energy into the book and then skimp on the cover (and, often, on an editor).
     
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    Can you post some examples and let me be the judge of that?
     
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    Well, just by doing a Google search I got the link, below. Not all of them are good, but there are plenty that are as good as traditionally-published covers. In some cases, you have the same artist doing covers for both traditionally-published books and self-published books, so the quality is going to be the same.

    http://pattyjansen.com/blog/awesome-self-published-book-covers/
     
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    Yes, fair dos, some of them are excellent. I think SP covers of that quality are probably quite rare, though.

    This one is particularly impressive

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    Most are pretty bad, true. A good one might cost you $1000 or nore. People won't spend it
     
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    Yes. I present the ugly side of SP cover design.

    The one on the far right makes me want to cry.

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    I, uh... *clears throat* I took a picture on my dining room table and used that for a cover. But to be fair, the book itself was even more embarrassing (I wrote it as a twelve year old and my parents pressured me to self publish it). So I would say the cover is actually the best thing I did in that whole situation.


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    That actually doesn't look too bad. Not "WOW!", but certainly respectable. It's simple, well-composed and eye-catching.

    And lordamercy. The Intrepid Monkey? This is a thing? That, like, exists in real life? Not something from a joke article in Mad Magazine or something?
     
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    Wow my eyes have been opened. I know I shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but I instantly want to pick these 'classics' up.
     

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