Recently, Nancy debuted her cover for the first novel-length book in her series, and Kay posted about the redesign she recently did for a previously published book. I find myself in slightly different territory…I don’t have a book published (although it’s coming later this year), yet I’m already redesigning the cover. Why, you may ask?
Marie Kondo. That’s why.
My cover does not “spark joy.” Don’t get me wrong…it’s a pretty good cover. But as time goes by, and the more I look at other covers in my genre, the more I think my cover is very good, but not quite what I want. It doesn’t spark joy in me…it sparks wanting.
I want more.
So I’ve taken on copy editing jobs to pay for my cover habit. 🙂 My new designer, who I will reveal in the upcoming weeks, should be starting on my new cover — from scratch — in the beginning of February. In the meantime, I’ve been putting together a short-list of covers I like. See if you can identify the common themes in the examples below:
Have you guessed it? Perhaps these paintings from Thomas Gainsborough and John Singer Sargent provide a clue:
Think you figured it out? Take a look at my original cover and see if that doesn’t help:
Give up? Here they are:
- I want my cover to have more color contrast…mine seems a bit bland right now
- I don’t want any of the design tchotchke that some covers have (my current one doesn’t, and none of the ones I selected do…no fancy scroll work or designs…some covers go to town on this sort of thing)
- I want the image to be more “painting-like.” If you look at all of the covers I posted above, they all have a soft, painter-like quality to them, as in the Gainsborough and Sargent portraits. There’s no photographic harshness in those covers. It’s funny how something so seemingly insignificant could make me want to redo my covers, but…I do.
Next steps: I have to share my likes/dislikes with my new cover designer before she starts work. I promise to share every iteration of what she’s done until I have a cover I’m happy with.
What is your take on covers? Important? Not? Am I crazy for redoing what seems to be a perfectly fine cover?