Creating a Cover…Yikes!
It sounds so straightforward. Make a picture to put on the cover of a book.
Except you have to choose font, color, back cover text, image, size of image…oh wait, that image has to fit inside the ‘live’ areas of the book without getting cut off in printing.
A cover isn’t just the 5×8 image you see as a thumbnail on Amazon.
When designing a cover, you design the front, spine, and back covers as one image, taking into account the fold of the spine so that you don’t cross the fold when the book’s printed. (there is a give and take too to where that fold happens). You also have to keep in mind the fact that the book is cut around the edges at the printer.
Then you have to make sure the image quality is good as well. If it’s not, you end up with a blurry image on paper instead of the beautiful picture you designed on the computer.
But with all of this, the end product it amazingly satisfying.
Joseph Apolinar did a great job on The Adventure’s cover. It’s cleared the review process on CreateSpace and the proof copy is in the mail. I’ll let you know if it all turns out in print as beautiful as it looks on the screen.
Let me tell you, there’s nothing quite like seeing all that hard work pay off. I’m beyond excited to see it.
Maybe because I’m arbitrary, maybe because it’s fun, maybe because it’s exciting, here’s a piece of the cover… More to follow in the next posts =)
Can you guess which Adventure story this is from?
Jennifer M Zeiger