Confession time. I’m a bit of a perfectionist. Okay, okay, okay. I’m more than a bit of a perfectionist. When something doesn’t feel quite right, I tinker until I’m happy with it. This means my process is usually slow and full of wrong turns (Book 2, I know, I know!) but other times it pays off and I surprise even myself.
This is how I felt about my book cover. It was good. Professionally designed. My designer followed my directions and produced something I was proud of. But it never quite felt right. The market was wrong, and it didn’t feel like the book.
So, I started tinkering. I played around in Photoshop. Made a lot of wrong turns, and quite a few bad covers. Then, one night when my wife was out of town with the baby, I sat down and, in about six hours, while working straight through dinner, I made this.
The final result, I think, is quite nice.The colors pop. It says “time travel,” but only subtly (I also have a strong aversion to anything too “on-the-nose”) and it advertises a female lead. All things that I thought were lacking in the original cover, despite how much I liked it.
But then, I thought, “I’m having so much fun with this design thing, why stop there?”
So I got to work on a print version. A few weeks later, and the proof has finally arrived.
It’s not quite perfect. There are a few small adjustments to make. But I’m over-the-moon happy with the final result. And I think you will love it too.
The cover was done in Photoshop and I learned In-Design just to do the interior formatting. I designed every square centimeter of the interior and exterior myself. Though I had a little help. I used Derek Murphy’s excellent templates as my jumping off point for the interior design, and then I heavily customized it from there.
And some author friends provided nice blurbs for the back.
Wouldn’t that look nice on your shelf?
And, yes, Book 2 is coming soon…
Brian J. Walton