Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Design-Your-Cover Blog Hop!

Designing a book cover is something indie authors stress over a lot--even if they hire someone else to do the cover art. Giving the artist a clear idea of what you want (heck, even having a clear idea to begin with) in order to draw readers' interest is a big, scary thing. Designing one yourself when you aren't a graphic artist can be even more daunting, but some people like to have a basic cover design to look at, to keep them motivated while they write: thus the advent of the Design-a-Cover Blog Hop, hosted by Teralyn Rose Pilgrim at her blog (check it out to learn how to sign up).

Though I've played around with cover ideas for other books, the only one I've designed so far was for Blank Slate, so that's the one I'm entering. I get so many comments on this cover, I can't even tell you! There are bound to be lots of great entries, so go to the blog site above and vote for your favorite three.
You can vote in the linky list below: Mine is #14.


16 comments:

Lori M. Lee said...

Oooh I love what the shoes and the piano keys might imply :D

J.L. Campbell said...

I'm liking this cover too.

Lady Gwen said...

Very nice - I love the splash of red against the black and white. Very clean, stark yet implies so much! I'm a fellow contestant and new follower :)

Dora Hiers said...

Wow! I'm so in awe, Heather. Fantastic design!

Teralyn Rose Pilgrim said...

Nice cover! I agree, having a cover to look at is a good inspiration. Thanks for participating!

Myne Whitman said...

Loving this cover, it is so professional!

cherie said...

Nice cover! Love the contrast of the red shoes against the black-and-white piano keys!

Hywela Lyn said...

Stunning cover - I agree I like to have a 'draft cover' to give me inspiration too!

Nichole Giles said...

Coolness! I voted for ya, cuz you know how much I love that shoe.

RaShelle said...

This cover is gorgeous, Heather!

Carole St-Laurent said...

Love the cover. It's sexy!

Heidi Windmiller said...

Incredible! So different from the usual face on the cover. I love the creativity!

Wendy G. Ewurum: Blog Author said...

I really wouldn't mind reading the book that this cover graces. stunning.

The Red Angel said...

Wow this cover has got to be one of my favorites so far. It's so mysterious and, well, glossy! I can't help but think that the shoes and piano both symbolize something deeper and more significant in the book. This looks really professional.

~TRA

http://xtheredangelx.blogspot.com

Heather Justesen said...

Wow, thanks everyone for stopping by to comment on my cover--this is the cover for my latest book, so yes, Wendy, it is available (paper and ebook). Thanks for all of your sweet compliments. I was really happy at how well it turned out!

Melissa Sarno said...

I love this cover. I love pianos and the heels are hot!