02 Nov 2011 | By Dafeenah
Since I began Indie Designz, this is a question I get asked a lot. I just finished up a guest post for the Adopt an Indie that’ll be featured on November 16th about this very topic. I thought I’d also write a little about it here as well. I honestly don’ t have THE answer to this question. I think it’s important a book cover is clear in its message, easy to read, and makes a connection to the story. HOW they do this is totally up to you. It could be through unique fonts, awesome images, or a brand logo. Regardless of how you do it, you must emotionally connect with your reader from the moment they see the cover until they read the last word of your book, and if you can maintain that emotional connection from beginning to end, then in my opinion you have a great book cover.
I realize I’m probably in the minority on what makes a book cover great. I’m one of those few people that does NOT choose a book based upon its cover. I choose books based upon their titles. I’m weird like that I know, but I definitely believe if you can emotionally connect with a person through your cover art, then the experience they have while reading your book will be completely different than if the cover does not capture them. This is why when I design a cover I ask about characters, scenes, and feel of the book. I learn more from those answers than if the author just tells me they want a specific picture on the book. By being emotionally involved myself, I’m able to portray the emotions that I felt as the author described the book into a cover. Most people may not agree with me and that is ok. There is no single road to creating a great book cover. It’s more important you figure out what works best for you and your book than trying to just copy whatever the next person is doing. While it might be best for them, it may not for you. So focus on your book and your audience, and then just create.
05 Oct 2011 | By Dafeenah
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01 Aug 2011 | By Dafeenah
I sort of fell into the world of graphic design by pure chance and a bit of luck. I remarried in 2008 and in 2009, my husband opened his own graphic design business. He mainly worked with businesses designing billboard ads, storefront signs, flyers, posters, and pretty much anything business related. One day I asked him to show me how his software worked so he installed it on my computer and while he was at work I would play around with it. I started making wallpapers and backgrounds which he started using in his business.
Then after awhile he started giving me projects to do and customers were choosing my design drafts over his. After awhile my husband stopped doing any designing and I became the official “designer” while he handled all of the business end details. It worked pretty well, but then he changed his field to translation and designing became something he did on the side.
Then one night a few months later, I was searching online for some books to read. I’m an avid reader but after moving overseas my reading has declined drastically. Every so often though I go in search of something good to read online. That is how I found Lizzy Ford, YA/paranormal/fantasy writer extraordinaire. I instantly fell in love with her book, Damian’s Oracle. I searched for her online, found her website, and began stalking it for the next book in the series, Damian’s Assassin, to come out. When it did, I was blown away. It was even better than the first one so I did what I never do. I emailed her and drooled all over her. I was star struck.
Lizzy is super cool in that she actually REPLIES to her fan’s emails and comments. How we came upon graphic designing I have no idea but I mentioned I could help if she needed it. She took me up on my offer and apparently I had a talent for designing book covers so I decided to open my own business and thus Indie Designz was born.
I not only fell in love with Lizzy, but with the entire Indie movement. I quickly realized there were some amazingly talented writers who were unable, for whatever bizarre reason, to get a publisher/agent interested in them. I wanted to be a part of it all and the way I could help was by offering affordable designs to Indie authors. I hope some day to add the title “writer” to my resume as well.