So, I had an interesting experience this week. It was a discussion in an author group about homemade vs. professional covers for books. I shared my experience with The Album’s cover, and I thought it might be fun to write a blog and show the whole process.

The initial concept for the cover of The Album came from my friend, J. When I was writing the book approximately twenty million years ago, I was sending her the chapters as I wrote them. One day, she said to me, “I have an idea for the cover.”

I was terrified…what if I hated it? But, I had her send it through to me, anyway. It turned out that I loved it. So much so, that I mocked up versions for the entire series with that theme. Behold, my amazing work…

 

So, I made these in Canva…in case you can’t tell lol. I was very proud of my work, but I knew I’d probably need a professional’s help…especially for The Stalker’s cover, which my cover designer accurately described as, “Screaming, ‘I’m self-published!'” What can I say? I didn’t have any better ideas, but I was proud of the first three.

So, basically, I sent him these and said that this was my plan for the series and to basically just remake The Album’s cover exactly as I had it and we’d be good to go…which he did.

 

But he also said, “Look, I know you have your heart set on this design, but would you consider something like this?”

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I immediately fell in love…well, after crowdsourcing the ladies at work and my friends on WhatsApp, of course! But I was concerned. I went back to Mark and said that I didn’t see how he could make it work with the picture of the bride being black and white, and that I couldn’t think of any other options that might work.

To which he replied with, “What? Like this?”

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I gasped because it was so beautiful, but I was still unconvinced. I said that I didn’t see how it could possibly work with the other books in the series, to which Mark basically said, “Hold my beer!” and came back with…

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I’ve covered up the concept for The Stalker, since that cover isn’t revealed, yet. Let’s just say that…wow. It’s amazing what a true artist my cover designer is.

He takes my concepts and just makes them next level awesome. Ultimately, these are what the three current covers look like, now.

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So there you can see the progression of my books covers from a concept my friend came up with, through to the final product which was a million times better than I ever could’ve dreamed.

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