It’s important, right? Because, really, you do judge a book by it’s cover. You see that image, and it either draws you in for a second look or it doesn’t. In the world of epublishing, it might be a little bit different but still…That cover, it makes a difference.
I have a release of a novella that’s still a good six months away, so it hasn’t gotten to the cover art stage yet. But if I’m completely honest, I’ve always thought of what cover image I’d want to be on whatever I write. Even those ones that never get past the beginning writing stages, my brain is imaging covers.
Things changed for me this past week. I made the decision that I wanted to put together PDFs to post here. Everybody loves free fiction right? These were stories that I had already written and, though they needed work, I knew I was up to the task of editing them. I’m in the process of cleaning them now, lots of scrubbing and editing, but sometime in the next few weeks, you’ll be able to click that Freebies page at the top and have several choices of free fiction to download for your very own. While they will be free, there was no way I was going to put it up there until I make it the best it can be. You deserve that, and so do I. But that meant I needed covers too. Which both thrilled and terrified me.
I love art, but I am not an artist. What I can see in my head does not translate to the canvas. I needed someone who had a artistic eye, someone I could trust who would see my vision and help me bring it to life. I was scared about asking, I’m not going to lie. But I did and the result is gorgeous.
I talked to Thorny Sterling about maybe doing a cover for me. He was a dream to work with, listened to me, and really got what I was seeing. Rather quickly, he was able to produce an outstanding piece of art for the cover of the first story. Pretty soon, it’ll be there for you to enjoy. But until then, take a look at what he created and designed for me, that brings a pivotal moment of my story to life.