Creativity comes in all shapes and sizes. Some of us have verbal creativity. Some of us have visual creativity. Some of us are blessed enough to have both.
My creativity is strictly verbal. I realized I was going to have to provide my own book cover when self-publishing and I wanted to run away screaming. Literally, I nearly failed seventh grade art class. My brother, on the other hand, is incredibly creative when it comes to the visual arts. He basically spent grade school doing ridiculously awesome art projects, and he was good at it.
So, the first step for the photo-editing inept was finding images I could use for my novella that weren’t too specific but still relevant. I found some images with blood, a rose covered in blood, some guns, and a picture of a hand taking a picture with a nice camera.
My brother, who hasn’t actually read my novella but is young enough to be able to take my plot description and pick out the least-disturbing pictures chose the rose and the camera, so we made up a cover using Paint.NET, which Smashwords recommended. I have to say, if you’re a photo-editing idiot, it’s actually not to difficult to figure out! With about an hour of fiddling, we came up with a decent first draft. I’ve sent it off to my editor and her friend, who is more artistically inclined than myself by far, to get some input for my second draft.
It’s starting to come together nicely! Now I just need $35 dollars for copyright…. Any volunteers?
How many of you have tried making your own cover? Any recommended software or general tips for those of us making our way in this unfamiliar artistic endeavor?