Both online and in stores, covers are key elements in marketing and selling books. One of the frequent criticisms of self-pubbed ebooks is poor-quality covers. Some experts advise going with a publisher and to get much better quality.
Fantasy romance novelist Grace Draven has gone both ways and here is her first cover:
This cover is from her publisher and the fuzziness in this clip-art paste-up by somebody who just learned Photoshop is obvious in the original – click here to go to Amazon, then move your mouse to the cover to bring up Look Inside and choose the front cover view. You’ll note how the sophisticated professionals at the publisher got the cover proportions all wrong on Amazon as well.
Here is Grace’s reaction to her first cover: “Fuzzy, pixelated picture with day-glo blue outline on a font design that looked like I was advertising for Dippin Dots Ice Cream.”
And here is Grace’s second cover:
Passive Guy doesn’t think of Dippin Dots when he looks at the second cover.
After Grace’s rights to Master of Crows reverted to her last month, here’s what she did for her second cover: “I’d previously commissioned and licensed alternative artwork for this book from an artist I discovered on Deviant Art. I now had the chance to use it as the cover for the re-release of the book.”
PG hasn’t dealt with Deviant Art, but Grace likes them a lot.
Grace’s new version of her book is currently available on Smashwords and should be up on Amazon shortly. You’ll note a significant difference in price between her new Smashwords version and her publisher’s old Amazon version.