I love designing book covers. It makes me feel like I am getting somewhere with a book, but I tend to leave it towards the end of the writing. A lot of writers I know design the cover before they even start writing, which seems counter-productive to me. I feel like it gives me a false sense of accomplishment. I’m a writer after all, not a designer.
However…I have hit the point where I think having a book cover will give me a little encouragement in the dark days of editing.
I’ve always worked with a designer for the cover, but this time around, I am going to bring my fans, and Joop’s fans, into the fray! Exciting for you. I know not everyone is a designer or has the ability to make a mock design for me, so I’m not asking for open submissions.
But leave a comment with ideas below. My designer and I have some basic ideas already and I’ll give you them in a second.
Once we have decided on a basic idea we will make up a couple samples for people to pick from. Everyone that comments on Facebook or here will be entered into a giveaway for a free book.
Okay, the idea so far is to keep the cover bright, optimistic, and maybe a little sporty. One big idea we have been throwing around is an idea board cover with symbols, images, or pictures of our year together. Our national flags could also play a prominent role.
If you have other great ideas, or see pictures you think would work well, leave them in the comments.