Book covers, I mean.
Recently, there was a thread on my favorite writing website about book covers. Someone posted a cover for people to comment on, and for feedback. The responses were mixed, and it got me thinking about covers, hence this post.
How personal and subjective a thing is book cover design! And it is also such a narrow field, artistically speaking. I studied art, and I have a bit of graphic design experience (I worked as a graphic designer for 5 years). But you’d NEVER know it looking at my covers. It’s just such a difficult thing for me! I feel like book cover design is to graphic arts what Senryū is to poetry. Related, part of it, but so specific as to be completely its own.
Even though I’m a cover failure, when I am stuck in writing, I sometimes fool around with covers. I imagine a lot of people do this. But then, I imagine a lot of people are just like me and I’m often wrong so maybe I’m the only one who does it? I don’t know.
My last finished story (the one I optimistically submitted to a publisher) is my latest cover-in-progress. If by some miracle it gets accepted (LOL right) I’ll have wasted a lot of time, but whatever. Here are the two possibilities, at this point:
I’m not in love with either of them, to be honest. I like the moon. I like the guys, but I also like the owl. I have tried about 40 fonts for the title and none are right. I like the yellows, but I’m afraid it’s too “national geographic”. Did I mention I have a little problem with making decisions? I do.
Anyway, It’s giving me something to focus my attention on while I wait for the (probably-rejection) e-mail to arrive.
Any feedback welcome 🙂