Monday, September 10, 2012

COVER Troubles!

Certain people in life are bestowed with certain gifts.  I'm slowly starting to come around to the fact that cover design may not be one of mine.  I can visualize the cover, but can't seem to graphically express my design.  I've been using the GIMP photo shop program, which has actually been fun to play around with.  I think I'm getting better, but according to the consensus from my last three design attempts, I should keep my day job (which I currently don't have one).

I really thought the shirt design would work.  The title of the book - and people really liked the title - came from a t-shirt I saw in Korea - Happy Time Go Fast.  It's Konglish at its finest.  For those that have never been to Korea - most haven't - Konglish is a Korean/English hybrid which some consider to be a sub-language.  Anyway, the shirt is the impetus behind the book's name.  Hence, I wanted to incorporate it on the cover.

The feedback I got wasn't very positive.  Comments were made...
  • Screams of self publishing
  • Needs to be SIMPLE
  • Typography and fonts are basic no-no's
So where to go from here?  I've made a couple more designs which I'll post shortly.  I've also started reaching out to people that do graphic design work for ebooks.  From my research, the cover is something that should not be taken lightly.  If you're going to spend money on a book project, the cover is a sound investment.  That being said, I'm reticent to pay someone that may not be able to capture my vision.  The bottom line is that even though the cover is a solid investment, I don't have the resources to invest heavily in it.  Perhaps I can't find something worthwhile in the $50 - $100 range.

To be continued... 

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