COVER REVEAL! PLEASE SHARE!
Title: Vampire Cassandra Stories
Author: J.E. Feldman (Aris Lisvacor)
Release Date: TBA (but still in 2015)
No synopsis as of yet, but I’ve read her other books and they’re seriously amazing so this one will be just as amazing or better :3
So, as I run Hearts on Fire Editing, I’ve been sitting on these covers for awhile now, anxious to release them and as JE Feldman released them earlier today, I’m happy and proud to release the covers for The Godmother Diaries!
I had made a post previously about cover designers and I had listed some of my personal favorites, but there are more to that list. I’m not adding them in this post, but I was asked what do I look for when looking for a cover designer.
Now, when I think about my book covers, I immediately go to the three people that have been helping me with my covers since I started, but it’s more than that. Lately, I’ve been working on photoshop, learning how to make my own covers, but besides that – there are some traits that I look for when I think about cover designers.
– Do they design in the genre my book is in: You don’t want someone who only does romance books to design something that is meant for a horror novel. I’m not saying that it would be bad, but they’re completely different genres and it would be hard to tell what you were getting yourself in to until it is too late.
– Do they have samples: Samples are a good thing. It gives you the chance to see what they can do before you buy it. For example, I wouldn’t go on Fiverr and look for a cover designer there. When it comes to covers, it’s something that you want to be up close and personal with the designer, working together to create your image.
– Price Range and Messages: You probably don’t want someone who takes about a month to get back to you, but on the other hand, you don’t want something overly expensive (but hey, if it’s something that you love, how can you put a price on that?). I know personally that I want something that is decently priced for the amount of work put into it.
Now there are many other things to consider and once I get more sleep, I am sure that I will write them down and put them into another blog post, but for now, consider the above. Consider whether they will work with you for you to both reach a common ground when it comes to your book cover!
COVER REVEAL –
SHARING IS CARING!
Author: Kate Marie Robbins
Genre: YA Realistic Fiction
Release Date: March 2015
Rosalind Peterson just wanted her high school experience to be normal. She had dreams of being popular, being captain of the cheer leading squad, and just maybe, landing herself a boyfriend on the football team.
But high school was nothing like she imagined it would be. She caught the popular girls’ attention, but not in the way she wanted. Rose finds herself at the mercy of three ruthless bullies.
The torture and taunts become unbearable, driving her to do something so desperate, that almost no one can save her.
So, there have been a few changes to Dance with Darkness – for one, it will not be published by Kingsnake Publishing, but instead by me. I won’t say anything bad about them because they are a good company and the group that I was in had people talking about more than Kingsnake things. It was my decision to leave, thinking that it would be best for me and my book due to personal reasons and that’s all I’m going to say.
The other thing that has changed is the formatting. I’m actually working on it now, but I do think that it looks beautiful 🙂 I’m hoping that the print copies also look beautiful and hopefully I can get it posted soon so I can order some proofs 🙂
The last thing that was changed was the cover. Now, I know I just released a cover with the blue swirls and everything, but I do believe that this new one fits the genre more and well… Let me show you and you can decide 🙂
Title – Dance with Darkness
Author – Bree Vanderland
Release Date – 2-17-2015
Genre – Fantasy
Emmaline just wanted to be normal – a normal life filled
with school, boys, gossip, but what she gets is far from normal.
What if you discovered you were the daughter of the villian? What if everyone was counting on you to perform a task that could save thousands?
What if you had the magic?
Be taken away with Emmaline as she tries to discover who she really is.
So for me, my book covers are always something that I think reflects the story well, whether it has the main characters or shows an event that happened in the story. The thing is to make something that will stand out – something that will make someone in a bookstore pause to at least glance at it and be prompted to pick up the book and read the back.
Now, there are a lot of people who can make book covers, but the thing is not to limit what you want on it. They’re working for you. If you can’t find someone who can do what you want, it’s my opinion that you should move on. Don’t compromise unless you love what they did more than you loved your original idea.
In my line of business here, I’ve come to know many cover designers, all who make very beautiful things, but there are also some out there who will fool you and take a stock image, slap on some words and be done with it. THAT’S NOT SOMETHING YOU SHOULD DO! Every stock image, no matter how it looks, should be slightly edited to give it some originality. The issue is that with stock images, many people could have the same one and you want to give it a little something to be original to your piece.
Only publish with something that you are proud of!
Some cover artists that I have worked with or seen amazing work from –
Mae I Design – Regina Wamba (original stock images available for purchase)
Steph’s Cover Design – Stephanie Hobbs (premade and original work available)
Kate’s Ye Olde Booke Cover Shoppe – Kate Marie Robbins
Below are some samples from each artist –
Regina Wamba –