So, any thoughts on this mockup cover? Too flat? Too dark? Too ambiguous? I’m no artist, so be honest, should I hire out the project and get it done professionally? What’s been your experience working with cover artists?
Any advice/help is appreciated!
Back when I self-published on Amazon, I used a website called Fiverr to hire a freelancer to design a couple of book covers. I was very satisfied with the results and the cost. You post what you need and people bid on your project. Here’s a link:
Thanks for the tip. My editor pointed me in the direction of a few artists ranging from $100 – $1200.
I paid far less for my e-book covers, around $25.00 if I recall. It cost a little more if you needed a print cover. They do as little or as much as you need, and if you aren’t satisfied, will redo.
Thanks again! Much appreciated, Kathy.
I think your mock-up is excellent – evocative, just disturbing enough to be intriguing, muted tones, good fonts and shadows for the title. Maybe could use a more interesting font for your name. Nothing too crazy but something like ‘Poor Richard’ or ‘Footlight’ or ‘Gabriola.’
Thanks for the tip, man. I like the abstractness (is that a word) of it, but will it push away certain readers?
Meh. Not being an expert on such things, I cannot begin to speculate as to what ‘certain readers’ may or may not do in reaction to this cover. BUT – to me, at least – this cover depicts an idea of danger, delirium, other-worldliness, and vulnerability. Those aspects draw me in, they don’t drive me away. For some readers, I guess, this cover might seem too spooky or mysterious; but… are you not trying to attract readers who LIKE mystery, suspense, uncertainty – even spookiness, danger, terror? Just sayin’… 🙂
Ahh, I see.
Method to Test :
Perhaps, you may use this cover as the six-word story prompt. The entries may give an idea how different every cover is.
That’s a great idea! Let’s see how dark or positive all the interweb minds can be when given such a picture.
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