So I’ve started working with a designer on a cover for The Trickster’s Lover!
This is so freaking exciting!
How did I find a cover designer, you ask?
Well, I’m happy to tell you!
Basically, my answer is Google. I spent way too much time checking out websites, reading reviews, and mostly admiring covers. I finally found someone whose work I really liked, and whose prices fit my budget.
Actually, he was one of the first sites I found, and I kept going back to him and his kick-ass covers.
Who is it, you ask?
Then I sent him an email to see if he’d want to work with me. Basically, I wrote, “I’ve got this paranormal romance/urban fantasy with lots of sex, and I do not want a shirtless beefcake on the cover.”
(Interested in the novel? Read a preview here.)
Not that I have anything against shirtless beefcakes, mind you. Loki’s just not a beefcake, and he’s rarely shirtless.
The designer said, “Cool!” and sent me a four-page form to fill out asking for many details about the book, the plot, and the imagery.
Then he sent me a few first drafts, which was awesome. And also strangely emotional. (Seriously. I cried.)
Picking a cover is one of the things I love about indy publishing. It’s a big deal.
I don’t want shirtless beefcake, but I also want to make sure I fit my genre. If my book doesn’t look anything like the other paranormal romance/urban fantasy books out there, it might be *gulp* ignored.
So I’m trying to strike a balance between representing the story, fitting the genre, and looking really freaking amazing.
Oh yeah, and I’m still line-editing the novel.
(Side note: I am the slowest editor in the world. Seriously. If I’d hired myself, I would totally fire myself over this. Which would be awkward.)
Maybe I should have waited until the manuscript was 100% perfect before ordering the cover.
Because I’m an indy writer.
Wondering what the hell I’m talking about? Click here for a preview of The Trickster’s Lover.