So, the last time I posted here was about two months ago and I said at the time I was coming to the end of my endless stream of delivery men, etc, and yep, you know it, I jinxed myself totally.
My new house (new to me, since it’s 50+ years old), has now had every appliance in the kitchen replaced, also the washer and dryer, and a new water heater. The roof is still on the list, but with all of the former items and a few other mundane things not related to the house, my plans have outrun my cash reserves. The roof is coming soon for sure, but I am hoping my book gets re-released first LOL!
So, I opted to pay a company to redo my original cover, mainly because there just don’t seem to be enough hours in the day lately AND I got this coupon code for 50% off on both ebook cover and print cover and interior formatting too, so I’m paying $250 for this makeover, and I’m hoping it will be worth it. I figure that if I’m supposed to be treating this writing thing as a business, then I have to be willing to invest in this business and if the book looks good then that will really help.
My original cover looked like it was made on the KDP cover creator, and that’s because it was. I did purchase the background art from Dreamstime.com, and I sent that to the cover designer and said for them to try that and to try something of their own making too. In the end, that background art just happened to be available on Shutterstock.com too, which is the service they use for their images, so it worked out great as I was able to send them the link to the image I had bought elsewhere.
So this was my original cover:
As you can see it looks a little blurry around the edges of the writing, and even in reality, printed on a book, it just wasn’t as sharp as I was hoping.
Now, for the big reveal of what should be the final cover (give or take a few tweaks here and there):
I mean, hello baby, you’re looking GOOD!
The same background artwork in the hands of a talented cover designer at http://www.100covers.com and wow!
By the way, I get nothing from this company for promoting their services, I just think the improvement in the cover design for the ebook speaks for itself, and if you just do an ebook cover it’s $100, and then you can get 50% off sometimes too, so $50 for a great ebook cover that looks professional and will definitely help you grab a reader’s attention? Can you say no-brainer?!
I’m hoping to get the interior reformatted too and be able to re-release the ebook and print version on KDP by the beginning of November and I’m getting very excited as I want to enter it into a couple of competitions too and the better it looks, the better my chances of getting someone to pay attention.
Now, I must go do more mundane things, like laundry and grocery shopping, then later, a final walk through edit before I send the manuscript off to be re-formatted!
As always, questions and comments are encouraged!