I recently have gotten into eBooks, reading about one a week now for about two months and something hopefully I can continue. While reading I have discovered a few new, great authors including a friend of mine. As he let me read his work, I asked his intentions and if he thought about a cover. He agreed to let me take a stab at it and I eagerly jumped in and came up with an idea. The story takes place in 1930s Chicago and is a mystery novel with some noir tendencies. I really enjoyed the book and hope he ends up publishing it. You can read part of it here: Chapter One & Chapter Two.
The first cover (see right) I made for him was reminiscent of some of the paperbacks I have seen and after only reading the first chapter. I finished it and presented it to Keith. He liked it. Silly newb author! That cover sucks! 😉
I headed to work. After a full day of thinking about it, I was not happy with the cover. So I went back in and started work on another cover. Finishing the second chapter I realized I had done the cover and it put an almost modern bent on the story. If you picked it up, you would be expecting a modern mystery, not the 1930s tale you were getting. That’s a terrible way for a new author to try to sell books! To me, nothing sells an old story as much as an old photograph. I went back to my friend Google and started looking for public domain photos from around the world taken during the early 1900s. Oh, and Keith had asked for snow. 😉
I managed to find an old photo in the public domain that could fit anywhere (not sure where it was actually taken), but it had the snow, and I LOVED the trees. I applied some filters to get a less photo look, tweaked some of the branches slightly and applied darkness liberally to the photo. I really like how this one came together, almost foretelling of something dark and bad. Keith seems to like it as well, so I am good with it.
This of course has got me thinking. I love to write (seem unable to really finish much, but hey, I try) but also there seems to be a fledging market for graphic artists that do covers. I am currently working on two of my own short stories. Will they see the light of day? I hope so.
Here is a sneak peek at the cover I am working up for one of them. Not complete, but then again, neither is the story! Guess, I just like to plan ahead. 😉