How many covers do I need?
You probably won’t believe me, but about half a dozen or more. I’ve been working on a variety of projects for several years, patiently letting them evolve as I continue doing research and gathering information.
Suddenly, a bunch of them seem to be nearing completion all at once.
I published two books in January, then decided to go back and do it right, having them edited and hiring someone to design better covers for them. And I hope to publish about four more books this summer.
What makes it interesting is that some of my books are in series. I’m working on two state symbols references, along with another book about the United States’ national symbols.
I also need covers for two books about conspiracy, and I hope to publish a third book about conspiracy next year or so.
So I’m trying to figure out a way to kill two birds with one stone - come up with some kind of design that can be modified to work with two similar books.
I thought I had pretty good artistic skills, but every cover design I post online gets a thumbs down. This is my latest attempt for my two state symbols references. I thought the one on the left was really nice, but people complain that the pictures of the symbols are “mismatched.”
I don’t even understand what that means. A book about flowers would logically feature pictures of flowers on the cover, and a book about symbols should feature pictures of symbols. I don’t know how to “match” them.
I just hired someone to create a cover for my book China vs USA. He said he’s going to create six different designs and let me choose my favorite. So it will be interesting to see how that goes.
Conspiracy is an intriguing challenge. How could such a book cover not feature a UFO or pyramid and all-seeing eye?
Yet those are just one far out facet of conspiracy. For my book Conspiracy Science, I’d prefer to create the kind of cover you’d see on a science text. The guy who’s editing my first conspiracy book, said I should connect conspiracy with “true crime” stories, which are very popular.
Lots to learn.