|And there's no "Charlie" either!|
If I could ever give one piece of advice to indie authors about to publish, it would be to go ahead and SPEND MONEY on your cover.
It's the first thing readers will see. It should be an open doorway, beckoning them to come inside and have a look at all the lovely awesomeness you've created in your world. They should be invited, with glowing signs, the smells of baking bread, and the promise of excellent libations.
“Please, sample the Turkish Delight, leaf through the books and the linens, be welcome and enjoy!”
A bad cover can be a barrier to entry. After all, if you can't be bothered to put something decent at the very entrance to your world, then what does the rest of the book look like? How bad is the editing? How bad is the storytelling?
WHERE DID ALL THESE TENTACLES COME FROM!?
It may not be true of your story, but there it is. You'd hesitate entering a deserted asylum, with the windows broken out, ghosts and demons leering through the dark panes. You’d dress appropriately for a job interview, get a haircut and shower before hand. That’s pretty much what a cover is: the first impression you get to make.
You certainly don’t want it to be the last impression.
I strongly recommend seeking out professional cover artists. Find one whose style aligns with your own desires, and pay whatever they ask. Yeah, it’s exciting to have a book finished, and ready to be thrust into the grasping hands of the masses eager for your golden words.
You never, ever, never want to get stuck with a bad cover.
What’s your “favorite” bad cover art?
Tell me in the comments below!