Creating a Cover for My Novel

I’ve been working in graphic design in one capacity or another for a little over a decade, and one thing I’ve learned in that time is that it is a million times harder to design for yourself than it is to design for even the pickiest of clients.

After all, you are your own worst critic.

I knew that when I wrote and decided to self publish my novel I would have to design my own cover and that was almost as daunting as writing the thing!

I’ve always had an infatuation with cover art. I know what catches my eye and what makes me roll them, yet somehow my mind was blank when it came to a design.

I knew that I wanted to incorporate the night sky somewhere, as well as beautiful typography. I toyed with the idea of having an actual person on the cover, but ultimately decided to go with a silhouette of a couple instead. I added a little bouffant on the top of the guy’s head so that it’d match the hero of the story’s hair. 😛

I went through several designs before I landed on the final cover. I thought it would be fun to show some of the alternate versions of the cover that I created:

Ultimately, this is what I ended up with, and I adore it.

A Soul Full of Stars

As you can see, I landed on the typography pretty early on.

For the final cover, I decided to go with a beautiful photo of the night sky as the background:

starrysky

And I found this couple in a vector image. I took them out of their original backgroud and recolored it before overlaying it on the starry background.

sunsetcouple

I colored all the text and the graphic black and then edited the blending mode to “lighten” and viola! The cover of A Soul Full of Stars was born.

 

In case you are interested, here is the synopsis:

“I’m the sweat pooling between your shoulder blades, the sheets tangled among your calves, the tongue at your collarbone, and the sigh caught between your lips. I am everything you dream about when waking, aching.”

I sent that poetic sext to a complete stranger.
And you know what the best part is?
He sent one back.

This is the story of what happens when a spark ignites and stars collapse. When words are heartbeats and poetry is a promise.

This is Sonnet Cole’s story, and it’s just the beginning.

Goodreads | Amazon

What type of book covers tend to catch your eye?

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