Sunday, April 01, 2012

A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: Ebook Covers for $150

So Joe Konrath's book cover designer is having a "fire sale" on his generic ebook covers for $150.  Personally, none of the covers jump out at me except I could see #11 as a possible for something.  I don't see paying $150 for an ebook cover that really doesn't jump off the page.  I'll stick with Heather and her wonderful artistic talent in creating new, book specific covers (she has a form you fill out telling her what you would like to see on the cover and what definitely cannot be on the cover along with several other things that help her create a cover that is specific to your book) at the low cost of only $75.  If you would like to see more of Heather's work, you can check out her portfolio over on her website.  Below are the ebook covers she has created for me.

I did a comparison previously of this cover (which I absolutely love and have heard many comments saying the same thing) to the one Karen had done when the story won the Fast and Frigid contest and published the story then.  This one is much better and definitely feels wintery and frigid.

Funny thing about this cover - I loved it when I first saw - I kid you not - I had to go back and read my story and change a couple of lines in the story to fit the cover (this wasn't intention on Heather's part, but I thought the cover was a right fit for the story as soon as I saw it)

This is the latest which I'm happy with but not completely sold on it; this one took us the longest to really get something I wanted so I could publish the story.  I have a feeling this one will get changed over the course of the next month or two or so. 

This is the same cover for my print and ebook and you definitely know from this cover that the house is an important character in the story.

On the very first cover Heather had done for this story, she gave me the attic scene (which is a big turning point in the story) with Kelly looking at the mirror and the woman reflected in it.  I wasn't too keen on the attic but loved the mirror and the woman in it.  Heather came up with the front showing the house (yay and I love the house because it really does make you curious about why she is looking at the house and what is so important about the house) and kept the mirror on the back (which in final print looks like the attic in a way and obviously this isn't my final cover since it doesn't have the blurb or my advanced praises on it).  Needless to say, I love that I got to keep the mirror on the cover somewhere.

Grant it, Heather is young but she is talented and very reasonably priced on all her work.  Go ahead and check out Joe's cover designer's ebook covers and see what kind of response they evoke in you.  Generic looking or jump in your face and make you want to get that ebook? - leave a comment on either blog and let us know - E :)

A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: Ebook Covers for $150


Anonymous said...

Heather has done a really nice job on each of your covers. I was going to check out her website, but the link wouldn't work for me.

Have an awesome day!


elysabeth said...

Susanne, apparently when I was posting last night something happened with the link - I've fixed it now and hopefully it should work.

Thank you for the compliment on the covers. I really can't see paying much more than what I'm paying Heather for ebook covers, especially if the artist is going to use stock photos and what not. Sorry, no work goes into that and several people after me have left comments on Joe's blog saying the same thing - nothing on that page of covers that Joe put up jumps out as being worth $150.

Thanks for stopping by and see you in the postings - E :)