Part of my task as a new author is to answer some questions about what I would like on the book's cover.
For me, the cover design makes or breaks a book. As a former book buyer, I know how important it is for a cover to stand out. It has to speak to me and make me want to read the blurb. So you wonder how I'm feeling about having this chance to make comments on my cover design?
I'm calmer now but initially, (and I promised to tell it the way it really is on this blog) I panicked thinking this: What if this is the only book that is ever published with my name on it? What if I suggest something horrible and it comes out horrible? What if...
I do that a lot. Say what if, you know. But it's true. This could very well be my one and only book. I sure hope not but it is at the very least my first. So I want the cover to convey the story.
The publisher asked me what one element I wanted on the cover.
One. Not fourteen or a split page with two elements or an insert of a necklace in the corner.
So I tried to think quick. What always comes up when I tell people about my book?
Then they asked me to describe the mood of the book and to give suggestions of other cover designs I like that would work.
Let's say this... Amazon is really big.
But I narrowed it down. Just haven't clicked Send yet.
Like I do with writing, I made a goal. By the end of Friday, I will quit agonizing and send what I have chosen. That's it. I'll live with it and yes, trust God that he has the perfect image and design in mind for me.
Have you gone through this process before? What did you find helped most in cover selection?