As of January 1st, I have regained the rights to my first novel, JADE TIGER. One of my projects for this month is to convert it to various eBook formats so I can begin selling it myself. Since my publisher owns the artwork to the print edition of the book, I needed to make a new cover.
The process proved far more difficult than I ever imagined, especially considering my rudimentary Photoshop skills and lack of a personal art department. I can’t post all my early attempts because I don’t own the artwork, but let’s just say I got a little frustrated and created this:
Then I got back to work, threw out another dozen or so designs, and came up with this one, which I liked quite a bit:
I got some great feedback on this one, almost all of which said it need to look more like a romance and less like a literary novel. Eep! We talked about adding flowers, patterns, warmer colors… but I really wasn’t sure what to do. I headed back out to the photography websites looking for inspiration, and found a beautiful photo of a Chinese cheongsam that I thought might work.
I really like this one, and I think it might work. But I really wanted to get the tiger back in, and to imply a little more action. In the end, I came up with something I’m fairly happy about. Would I like to fiddle around with fonts for another six months? Of course. But what I’m basically hoping for is something that might interest romance and romantic suspense readers, and that does not look horribly amateur. (A little bit amateur is probably impossible to escape.)
You are welcome to suggest tweaks to fonts and font placement, but please — if you value my sanity — don’t send me back to the drawing board. :-D
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