You can't judge a book by it's cover... only, everyone does. So when I decided to put out Destined, I knew the cover had to be breathtaking. Something that would compete with the look of the big houses without breaking the bank. And then fortune smiled on me and I met my designer online. At the risk of sounding cheesy, I think it was destined. ;)
In a word, they were amazing. I knew this was who I wanted to make the cover for Destined. I contacted the blogger, who got me in touch with JL -- who turned out to be the super-fabulous Josh Longiaru (stay tuned for his interview next week) and he said he's never done a cover-for-hire before, but he'd be willing to give it a try. SQUEE.
First step, picking a concept. I knew I really liked the covers of Falling Under and Abandon, so I was going for something along those lines. With that in mind, we both started hunting for stock photos that would work.
Now, you've got to know this about my novel: it's a retelling of the Cupid & Psyche myth, where Psyche is the most beautiful woman in the world. So you might say I was a bit "picky" when it came to finding a face I liked well enough to fit the bill.
I found my cover photo on DeviantArt and instantly fell in love with it. Only it wasn't for sale. And the owner/photographer lived in Norway. I tried to put it out of my mind and looked for something else. But when my daughter woke me up at 2 am and I couldn't go back to sleep for hours, I decided, what the heck, it can't hurt to ask if she'd sell me the rights to it. I sent an e-mail in the middle of the night our time.
When I got up the next morning, the self-portrait artist, Perri Eriksen, had responded that she was flattered and yes, she'd sell me the photo as a stock image for my book. Cue jumping over the moon.
From there, the rest came easy. Sure, I had to make sure I paid royalties on the fonts since they were for commercial use. And I had to write the back cover copy. And we went through lots of "just tweak this" and "can you change that?" But in the end, I am SO happy.
I don't know how authors can stand to sit back and have no input on their covers. I was grateful that Josh had artistic vision and came up with ideas for me to give the thumbs up or thumbs down, but I loved having that choice!
I want to thank everyone for their support of the novel thus far. We're still months from launching, and I have friends sending me shout outs, which has led to new twitter followers, Goodreads friends, and I'm sure visits to Amazon. So, THANK YOU!! The YA reading and writing community is amazing and I love being a part of it.