Here is one of my initial attempts at designing a book cover for my work in progress YA fantasy novel The Madian. This is the cover that greets potential readers on both WattPad and FictionPress.
Personally, I love the simplicity of this design. Knowing the story as intimately as I do the image speaks to me. However, even I realize that the cover doesn’t signal any story expectations to the reader. Is this a book about a farmer? A long, lonely journey? A memory of a pleasant summer day? Who knows. The vagueness of the design is one of the reasons I like this cover so much though admittedly it likely fails miserably at provoking interest.
Given that most people do judge a book by it’s cover, particularly a a self-published book by an unknown author, I thought it might be worth taking my design efforts to the next level. Luckily I stumbled across Adobe Spark this week and was able to fairly easily develop a few more covers. Here is a sampling of my most recent work. Keep in mind I think The Madian is best described as a coming-of-age story set in a fantasy realm.
Do you have a favorite?