Wednesday, March 23, 2011

30 Lessons Learned, #24: The Cover May Paralyze You

Before I get into this week's post, I want to let folks know that you can enter to win a copy of Buglette at Goodreads. As well, there will be fun giveaways happening here on the blog in the coming weeks. Stay tuned! :)

I tried a few sketch directions and everyone gravitated toward one image fairly quickly. After a few small revisions, the sketch was approved. (Whew, one hurdle down!) The cover image was straightforward -- it was not a huge challenge for me technically. But, I found it very difficult to actually do the cover. It had to be perfect. It was the cover after all. Paralysis set in and lasted for a while. And then, multiple rounds with the tiniest variations began. Thank goodness for deadlines or I might still be working on it.

Now that it is done, I am happy. I like the simplicity and color combinations. I also enjoyed doing the lettering.

5 comments:

Jess said...

The cover looks amazing, Bethanie! I can fully relate to the paralysis, but your end result is great. Funny how deadlines can help sometimes!

Jane said...

There is nothing like a bit of pressure to bring out the best in us Bethanie! I love the simplicity of it too. Really great cover, I can just see that really standing out on the bookshelves. I am assuming that us Brits would not be able to enter the competition from Goodreads??
Jane x

Beth Anne Maresca said...

I think it was Da Vinci who said, "Art is never finished, only abandoned." Your cover is lovely!

Bethanie Murguia said...

Jane, alas, you are correct about Goodreads...I think it is only for the US. My blog contest will be open to Canada and the UK. That will be coming up soon. :)

Shirley said...

One word. Awesome! I think you nailed the cover (though I can just imagine the paralysis!) Congratulations again on the book..it is awesome to read your previous post about your advance copy and your marketing materials (which look awesome by the way) and the trailer! I'm SO happy for you!!