Book Cover Design for Self Publishing: DIY or Hire a Pro?
A Post About the Covers that Didn’t Make the Cut–and the One Cover We Chose
The process of choosing a book cover for my book Goodnight to My Thoughts of You was an interesting, crazy challenge. At first, I was convinced that Andy and I could come up with a cover by ourselves. And we did. This was our first attempt at a book cover. We made this cover about a year ago.
What we wanted it to say: love, music, spirituality, the beach. We knew it wasn’t quite right. It needed some professional design help. Some more font ideas. Some layers. Some coloring. But we had no idea how to make it look professional.
As I was hanging out with some high school girls at my church, we chatted about my book and came up with new design ideas every week. Here are a few of the designs we came up with:
What we wanted it to say: love, teen, hope
Love, poetry, journaling, bedtime, cozy
Love, poetry, journaling, teen, pretty
Love, thoughts about love
My designs were getting indifferent responses from Andy and mostly everyone else I showed them to. Everyone was supportive, but not really enthusiastic. The covers were OK, but not great.
I tried a few more on my own:
Finally I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to do it. Even though I knew all along that thebookdesigner.com insisted on hiring a professional BOOK COVER graphic designer for the cover, I had hoped in my heart that I could do it all myself. But I just couldn’t. It wasn’t working. I didn’t have the skills or the knowledge or the time. I was wasting time. I had to find a good fit. I prayed. I looked at the award-winning book covers on Joel Friedlander’s cover design contest winners. And I found this designer: Danielle Maait.
She is amazing.
Within 24 hours of sending her the synopsis of my book and main characters, Danielle made four starter covers for me to choose from.
so much better, right? PROFESSIONAL
So we worked together, back and forth from California to Australia, for a week and landed on a cover that I absolutely love. COME BACK NEXT WEEK to see the cover we chose!
A HUGE thank you to Danielle Maait and her God-given talent, hard work, diligence, devotion, and reasonable pricing!
Book cover design for self publishing is so challenging. But if I had hired a professional from the start, I would have saved myself hours and hours of time.
Do I dare ask ? … which cover is your favorite?
Goodnight to My Thoughts of You … available soon. Just a few more details to work out, and it will be ready to go!
Please visit this site again next week to see the cover we chose for Chelsea’s debut novel, Goodnight to My Thoughts of You.
Ahhhh! I LOVE them ALL ! What a hard decision!
Thank you Maggie. I really appreciate your opinion, and I am so glad you love them all. I really hope you love the one we chose 🙂
2nd one. Hands down! Would work in color as well as in black and white. Is clean, not cluttered or too busy!
that is a great idea–thanks so much for your vote!
Lil' P. Chops Le
I think covers #2 and #3 work the best! #2 really ties in the “goodnight” feeling, but #3 somehow is more relatable.. just in the sense that I picture myself, sittin’ and writin’ before bed or something, like that =)
You mean you journal more often than you fall asleep outdoors in a bed of flowers? sounds about right! thanks for your vote Lily! xo
Out of the 4 covers by Danielle Maait, I would have to choose the 2nd one. The others are good, but you need a design that will work if the size is changed. The others seem too busy to do so. 2nd one is very clean and VERY clear! Good stuff!
thanks for sharing–I always appreciate advice from other graphic designers!