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Cover artists earn every single fucking penny


Seriously, if you can afford a cover artist, as in a real person that is a real artist, pay them.

I have been attempting to create a cover for my upcoming, self-published collection of Blaise Maximillian short stories. And it is hard. Very. Damn. Hard. So hard – and has resulted in covers that I can only view as … shit. This means that I’m actually going to have to pony up and find someone that can do a better job than me, for what I can actually afford to spend. This doesn’t mean that I’m going to go as cheap as possible and end up with something that looks like my efforts below, but nor does it mean that I’m necessarily going to have a masterpiece that will draw in sales by the millions.

Watch this space. Hopefully I’ll have something bettererererererer to show you.

This is what the Kindle Cover Creator does.

The border is what the Kindle Cover Creator does. So is the text.

This is what I did, based on what Kindle did.

This is what I did, based on what Kindle did. It’s my favourite of the lot. Not saying much though.

Text here

I did this one as well. I like the background image, because it’s so bleak. Yes, I know that this isn’t a WW1 gas mask, however, it could be in MY WW1!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Kindle filter placed on this.

A Kindle filter placed on this, like the original one I tried.

yrdy

This looks like … ugh

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.

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8 thoughts on “Cover artists earn every single fucking penny

  1. I’m in the same boat…hired one “artist” and had to let him go, because while he was brilliant in Photoshop, he didn’t get my novel at all. If you have a good experience with a particular designer, please keep us updated!

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    Posted by Ana Spoke | July 23, 2015, 12:04 am
  2. Maybe I’m wrong but they don’t seem that bad. I’m not sure what the book is about or the tone you’re trying to set. I assume you’ve got a WW1 book going on.

    The general rule is, you’re right, to go with a professional but that being said, I’ve seen much, much worse attempts by those who tried to go it alone.

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    Posted by bookshelfbattle | July 23, 2015, 12:07 am
    • Thanks for the compliment. The book will be an anthology of short stories about a chap called Maximillian Blaise, set in an alternate history where Germany wins an 8-year-long war. It goes from war stories to Blaise joining a new police force back home. Very dystopian, diesel punk, anti-hero and hopefully grimdark 🙂

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      Posted by mattsylvester | July 23, 2015, 4:33 pm
  3. Whilst I’m suffering a bout of insomnia I though I’d have a crack at it: http://richardhole.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/bitter_defeat.jpg

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    Posted by Rich Hole | August 2, 2015, 1:19 am

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