I believe in you!

This is just a reminder that I believe in you, and you should believe in yourself! Whether it’s writing, figure skating, or whatever it is that you want to do, you can do it if you try hard enough.

While I’ve always known I was a writer, I still need encouragement to keep going. However, that’s not what this post is about. This post is about my journey in cover creation.

This was my first try.

candle - Copy1

I liked the picture, but I couldn’t make it work. I decided to try on a minimalist cover.


But that didn’t work out either, so I went back to looking at stock images.

candlaas - Copy7

I figured this was as good as it was gonna get. I was pleased enough with it, but it seemed kinda dark for my topic. I didn’t know if it would draw readers in, though.

Finally, I was messing around with GIMP (free photoshop) and learned how to edit photos a bit more. Then, I found another stock image.


I still have time to change my mind, but I’m about 80% sure that I’ll use this cover. I might edit it a bit more or change my mind once I order my proof copy from Createspace, but still. I feel like my cover journey has gone a long way.

I’m still not an expert, but I feel like I can say that the practice for sure helped. So yeah. Go me. (And follow this blog for publishing updates.)

I have to “white wash” my book cover

InĀ Kiss of The Fey, my main character Johara is from the south. She has darker skin like that of an Indian/Mexican. Not black, just tan. I finally found a stock image of a girl I can use for the cover, only…. she’s pale white. Like, really white. I don’t think I have the photo editing skills necessary to darken her like she should be.

Still, I FINALLY FOUND A GOOD IMAGE TO USE FOR MY COVER. I was okay with the other one, but it was a little blah. I took cover requests on the nano forums (warning people that they would be shit) so that I could improve my photo editing skills… and it actually worked. Or, at the very least, I learned how to finally use layers right.

But anyways, I now think I know some of the issues behind white washing the characters on the covers of books. White people are sometimes just easier to find.