Sheri, it is really nice to be here. I hope I can help new authors understand
the process of the cover art business. I
recently had the pleasure of making two of Sheri’s covers. One for Troll-y
Yours (above) and Portals of Oz (below).
kind enough to share them with you today.
Originally, I was going to walk you through my process but I didn’t think that
would really be much help for the newbie author having a cover made for the
first time. You can get all that info in a few clicks on my website. The real
question is what to expect as a first timer.
story. Giving your cover artist as much info as possible makes the process
easier on you both. I don’t believe you can give too much info. The more info, the easier it is to create the perfect cover.
is up to the author to fill in the blanks. Without author provided details, we
don’t know where to start.
your cover. If I read every book I created covers for, I would be doing more
reading than cover art. It would just be way too time consuming.
and it is up to the cover artist to listen very carefully.
artist’s opinions seriously. We aren’t trying to blow your vision to bit and
pieces. But for the most part, the cover artist knows what will and won’t
work. Through trial and error we have
learned the good, the bad, and the ugly.
pictures have bright eye catching colors. This is what you want. Make the
reader stop and take notice.
to fade out when in thumbnail.
present on your cover. That’s what we have blurbs for.
is important and stick with that.
size, but in thumbnail as well.
depends on the cover. I have used all types of fonts. But listen to your cover
artist if they tell you the fonts just aren’t working. Most cover artists know the font needs to be
readable. Remember, we have the author’s
best interest at heart while making a cover.
when it is done. If not, then something along the way went wrong.
cover artist. This is the cover that will garner you sales or get you passed over.
changes they are asked to, or explain why they think the changes won’t
work. But even when an author has asked me to make changes, I usually
just show them and we both have peace of mind.
treated with respect and kindness during the cover making process.
beautiful cover that reflects the story you have poured blood, sweat and tears
to answer any questions anyone might have.