(Just so you know, I’d normally do this exercise with a few friends and the roll out the finalists on Facebook or the blog, but since we want to show you the steps – and they can get tedious – I did it here. For you. That’s the kind of guy I am. For more on what goes into a cover, click HERE)
The Navigators is making its way toward publishing (somewhere between approximately June 15-June 30 or so) , so it might be a good idea to finalize the cover!
Originally, I had this:
There’s nothing wrong with it (in fact, it tested through the roof so I LOVE IT). The colors are bold, there’s eye catching contrast. Good images.
It… just kinda loses my name – and is a twirly-piratey font really what I want for my name?
After all, it’s hard enough to read my name when it’s in a plain font.
This one gets a little lost on that background, too. That’s not ego, that’s marketing. Okay, maybe a little ego.
Look at the Savvy Stories cover:
Pretty easy to see my name there!
I am making a switch from family humor-oriented nonfiction to novels, so I thought a visual difference in the name might be a good idea. It probably is, too, so readers of my old stuff know this is different.
So I want my name on The Navigators more easily seen. And my cover designer will change it.
What to change it to?
First of all, that “landscape” at the bottom of the cover doesn’t do much for me. It never did. It’s supposed to be the mine (part of the story takes place at a mine) so that makes sense, and after you read a little of the story, you’ll understand it’s a mine on the cover. But it’s not obvious at first glance. Doesn’t matter, something has to be there.
So as long as it’s there and the cover tested really really well, it’ll stay. But my name can be different, Different color, different font.
But what color? What font?
That’s where you come in.
Pick a color, any color. Pick a font, any font.
My designer will change the name for about $10 (what can I say, she’s a saint – how reasonable is that price!) but I can see myself making 100 changes as I go through fonts and colors – and I’m not the best at this stuff anyway! A thousand dollars later I’ll still be where I am right now.
So I made a few, to give you an idea. I just took the existing cover and dropped some different colored names onto it. They suck, but maybe you can think of something. After all, you’ll be doing this one day soon on your own cover, right? When we have something we like, I’ll send it over to the designer to finalize things.
Here are my attempts:
Ugh. They’re all bad for different reasons.
Allison suggested using the white from the girl’s shirt, and we started discussing fonts, and… after a while my head hurt. (I faked a stomach cramp and told her I went to bed.)
Then I thought, HEY! I know LOTS of smart people. Let THEM have some input!
So here’s your chance. Think of some fonts and colors and let me know what to do.
(Any of these grab ya?)
Okay, lets obliterate the old name with some cut-paste background so it’s not in the way as much and drop in, oh, NINE or so different versions of my name and see if ANY of them pop. Each is slightly different but just see if ONE grabs you more than the others. If none work, say that.
(I left them small because they’ll be small on Amazon;
as people comment, I’ll add their suggestions, too.)
This stuff is fun but I still have typos to fix (imagine that) and eventually this book needs a cover so it can be published! So I’ll sort through beta reader feedback chasing misspelled words, and you guys tinker with this.
If you have ideas, comment below or make a mock up on your blog and link to it. I’ll be checking in whenever the manuscript starts dancing around in my weary head.