For some reason, I always thought that my book cover would be handled by someone else. After submitting its guts and core, the book would return neatly bound and packaged, and then sandwiched between a newly pressed, untarnished faces. I dreamed of this day. However, book covers are typically designed first, not last.
I was asked to send a cover design in months ago, at a time when I had only finished half of the total illustrations and writing, and my only direction was to create a cover as soon as possible. There was just one, major, hurdle; I was travelling without a computer and had access to minimal resources for the month. So, I sketched out a cover concept and hunted down the only functioning scanner in the back upstairs office of a small shop in a tiny fishing village in Indonesia.
- "Why don't you just use your phone to take a picture of your drawing?"
- "I don't have one, and I just need need a high resolution scan, a high dpi..."
Confused, four local women kindly offered their camera phones, one after the other. Until the woman sitting at her computer connected to the only flatbed scanner in the village offered me her seat with an awkward smile. Grateful, I scraped together my first cover draft. This first, and very raw draft is what went to the publishers, then into their catalogue, out to the book fairs, eventually landing on amazon. Not quite the first impression I wanted to make. But what can one do?
Book design is an art form which I have unfortunately stomped on with quick and heavy steps. Since its inception, the cover has been tweaked over 50 times, too many hours on photoshop for my liking. Many facelifts. The painful result of being both a rookie and a perfectionist. I still have so much to learn and refine. Below are some images of how the cover has changed.....
Sample Book Cover Designs, © Sarah Pierroz, 2014