While predominantly I have NaNoWriMo on the brain, there has been something, perhaps silly, that has been bothering me as Twisted Magics creeps ever closer to publication: How do you decide on cover art?
I’m no artist and I’ve taken some basic graphic design classes, but I’m by nowhere near confident enough to produce my own cover. I’ve glanced at different individuals and companies that do cover art, but I first need to tell them what I want. And honestly, I don’t know.
I’ve been browsing different book covers, trying to get ideas. Do I go with something simple that conveys the theme of my book? Do I have an artist bring my main character to life visually? Cost is always a factor, but I’ve found reasonably priced artists whose work I like (and perhaps drooled a little over).
For now, the issue has more or less been tabled as I work my way through NaNoWriMo. Trying to keep up my personal minimum of 2K words a day keeps me fairly well distracted. Of course that’s on top of the normal chaos of life. I probably shouldn’t admit that the only reason I had brought my laptop to a meeting last night was so I could sneak in a few more words.
I’ve tried to be a good little WriMo by not logging into FFXIV until I’ve at least finished my goal for the day, but I really needed a break yesterday. I broke the NaNo goal for the day first, does that count?