Since I started this blog and started working with authors, I’ve learned just how much work it takes to make a book. What takes me as a reader a few hours to read will take an author days, weeks, months, or even years to put together. It is not just about putting some words together and slapping a cover on the front of your book.
Book covers sell books better than anything else. I can’t tell you how many books I have bought simply because I liked the cover. My TBR list increases every day. Those books look so pretty sitting on my shelf, but it’s getting harder and harder to find time to read them all (sometimes they talk to me, but that is whole different post)
Book covers can be as simple as this one:
Or as complex as this one:
The second cover is from The Book of Now by Sherry Rentschler. I helped finalize the second cover. It was my first time doing something like this. The design comes from Marisa-rose Shor at Cover Me Darling.
I worked with Marisa on another cover. I went to the photo shoot and helped create some of the poses for the model. I have no idea how many pictures she took, but it was amazing to see how she took a little piece of this one and a little piece of that one, changed colors, perspective, and size to create the final copy. I will reveal that cover soon.
Marisa not only designs covers, but she also designs logos and branding. She designed the logo for my site. Here is the final proof:
Getting a professional logo designed was the coolest professional thing I’ve ever done. It transformed my site from looking like a neophyte posted a few pictures and words together to looking like a professional site from someone who knows a lot more about what she’s doing.