You heard that right! Today’s the day, the sun is shining, the tank is…wait, that’s not right! What I mean to say is…
TODAY IS BOOK COVER REVEAL DAY!
I am so unbelievably excited for ya’ll to see the cover. I promise, it’s below, you’ll see it in just a moment! But first, a little on the journey it has taken to get here. I first looked into publishing Of Ash & Shadow in March. I had no clue how to go about getting a cover, doing the PR work, or any of the various other things an author has to do when self-publishing.
Safe to say, there were some stumbles. My first attempt at a cover was with Photoshop by yours truly. And it’s safe to say it was absolutely terrible. I have some graphic design background. I am not as talented as the woman who made the cover.
After failing miserably, I turned to Fiverr as I had heard good things about the site in the past from my boss who often went there for logo mock-ups. I contacted a cover designer. She created a good cover, but I realized I wanted something else. Not because the cover wasn’t good. I had no clue how to convey what I wanted in a book cover. So, what I got, wasn’t what I wanted.
Never judge a book by it’s cover.
That’s what everyone says and yet that is exactly what we do. A good book cover is the perfect lure to get a reader to give your book a chance. To even consider reading the back cover blurb, let alone the first few pages before purchasing.
I need to learn what a good book cover consisted of, what my preferences were in covers, and what was traditional of my genre – and fast!
That’s when my wonderful brother – Erik – suggested checking out 99designs. It is here that I found Elementi.Studio! Rossi was amazing to work with from start to finish. She was easy to talk to and took all of my hodge-podge ideas and condensed them into one solid, beautiful cover.
I saw the first cover and I was speechless. And she wasn’t even finished! As any artist and writer knows, there is always tweaking to be done. It. Was. Perfect! But, the small touches she added to the final draft took the cover from wow to WOW.
Containing my excitement has been next to impossible. I have been dying for ya’ll to see this cover since it was finished up last week!
Without further ado…
Let me know what you think in the comments!
And, again, the biggest ever thank you to my new friend and wonderful cover designer, Rossi, of Elementi.Studio!