Cover Inspiration

“Hi Jim,

I was just wondering, Divinity’s cover looks really cool! May I ask where you get the ideas for yours? Like what makes you choose one scene in your writings over another? I want to create an awesome cover for my story and was hoping that you could point me in the right direction.”
-Abby

Hi Abby,

I’m afraid that you caught me…

The truth of the matter is that I actually put very little thought into my covers. Put it this way, take a look at my first cover, Magnifica: The Last Enchanter. Then compare it to the next one and the one after that. See how things start to change and improve?
Now this isn’t a strike against my cover artist, so please don’t take it as such. When I first started out, I told my artists exactly what I wanted and how I wanted things. I left virtually no room for creativity on their part… that was a mistake. The artists I went with did exactly what I asked of them and did a very beautiful job, by the way, I’d rehire either of them in a heartbeat.
However, when we got to Magnifica: Gravestalker, a friend recommended an artist to me who had done many of his band’s posters.
When I approached him about doing the cover and told him what the book was about, he started coming up with ideas before I had a chance to lay down any real guidelines. I did get to tell him what I wanted, but in addition to that, he showed me a few other ideas he’d had on the side. Before I knew what was happening, my original idea was all but gone. I’m not complaining, mind you, he taught me a lesson that day.
From then on, whenever I hire an artist, be it for comic art, or the a fore mentioned cover artist I give them free reign. All my cover artist asks me to do is give him a few chapters with key plot points to work with. He does the rest.

This is perhaps the best advice I can give you; hire an artist, tell him what your book is about, let him read segments of it to get an idea for himself, but other than that LET THE MAN OR WOMAN DO HIS WORK! That’s what they’re being paid for. Creativity is a big part of being an artist and the more creative freedom you give them, the better the results. Divinity is a perfect example of this. I let Brett do whatever he wanted. We’d worked together, I knew and trusted him, and frankly, I was thrilled with the results.

I hope this helps.
Readers, do you have other experiences with artists that you would like to share to help Abby? (Good or bad) or any hurdles you’ve had to overcome? Please leave a comment below.

Abby- If you’re looking for a good artist, any of the ones who did my covers are awesome and any would probably love to take on your project. You can find more info about them here.


Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.
jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com
I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.
Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Thanks friends!
Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

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5 thoughts on “Cover Inspiration

  1. Aul says:

    Yeah I have my sister do my covers. I’m glad I let her do what she does because her creativity definitely adds to whatever I had in mind. The problem that I sometimes have is that I’m not able to imagine a cover in my mind, so that’s where her creativity really comes in handy.

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  2. vafann says:

    I like doing book covers and I´m pretty good at Photoshop and might be able to help. 🙂

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    • StCyril says:

      I personally already have a good working relationship with mine, but if you want to post a link to your portfolio here so my readers can see your work and consider you when the time comes to hire someone, please feel free.

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      • vafann says:

        I have a portfolio on 99 Designs, but they have just changed the thing, and I haven´t been active there for a while so I will have to go in and activate myself again for it to show I think.

        I could post some of them in my ” Under Construction” blog I suppose.

        I´m not looking for work, so don´t get me wrong, I just like making things and if they inspire me enough I could do it for free. 🙂

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  3. vafann says:

    I have a lot more here, but it´s a pain to add each one back since I have been gone for a while, so I just picked out a few and added them to my portfolio again. I hope the link works. 🙂

    https://99designs.com/profiles/604410

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