Tuesday, February 21, 2012

New Cover Blues

The next novel I'm going to publish on Kindle is coming along nicely. I'm about three-quarters of the way through proofreading the pages and have formatted it properly. I've made the decision to split the book into three because it's a long one and I've settled, once and for all, on the title.

So far, so good.

What I can't decide on is the cover. It's probably my own fault because I've made the decision to design the thing myself. Why? Well, I see the whole project as an artistic endeavor (even though I'd love it to be popular) and believe that if I'm going to be an 'indie' author, I may as well do everything independently. And that means handling the arty bits too.

With MiG-23 Broke my Heart, my other book, I was looking for free fonts that would really stand out and was lucky enough to stumble on the work of the talented Vic Fieger. After combining two of his typefaces, I had a logo that I was happy with in no time. I then asked a friend (an actual designer) to handle to background image and, voila, my cover was born.

This time, the process is a bit more fraught, and I think I've identified what the problem is: I'm enjoying myself too much. But it's a masochistic kind of pleasure. So far, I've spent hours agonising over the background image and fiddling with my logo. An entire afternoon flew by while I deliberated over subtle variations in the colour scheme. It's all time that I could have used to write new stuff and I haven't even finished yet. What's makes things worse is that I've been staring at the same basic cover design for so long that I'm not even sure if I like it anymore.

In short, I've got the new cover blues.

The only cure that I can think of is to step away from the job for a few days. It's what works with writing - getting a bit of distance - and I'm sure it'll work with this. If it doesn't, I'll have to scrap the cover and start again. Like I say, I kind of enjoy design, even if it is a painful process.

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