There isn't one traditionally published author alive who hasn't felt s/he could've done a better art direction job than our big NY publishers. (For the most part, I'm pretty happy with my Berkley Prime Crime covers--especially for the Booktown Mystery series. But there have been a couple I would've made rather extensive changes to.)
One of the best things about self-publishing your own work is you get to play art director. Okay, my first attempts were pretty lame, but thanks to eavesdropping on discussions on good cover presentation, and the marvelous covers my cover designer has made for my Jeff Resnick books -- I think I'm getting better at it.
Here's the cover for my latest short story, a sweet romance called Are You Lonely tonight. I got input from my friends Ellery Adams and Leann Sweeney, and my graphic designer husband put it together. What do you think?
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(And did I mention it's only 99 cents?)
I'm currently working on a new Jeff Resnick short story. I figure I'm only halfway done writing it, but I got so cranked up by it I went looking for pictures to illustrate it. Here's what Mr. L and I came up with.
I allowed myself all of last week to catch up on stuff (a quick rewrite, and some other work that needed completion) so I'm back on the WIP (the third Victoria Square Mystery) which means that working on the short story is relegated to the evenings. But I hope to have the story available in a couple of weeks.
Meanwhile, do you like the cover? Would it make you want to read the story?