Random Ramblings, Writing

Book Cover Reveal: I need your help!

I am writing a young adult mystery novel about a 15-year-old girl living in rural Pennsylvania who discovers her guardian is a vampire while investigating the death of her father.

It’s not a traditional “vampire” story. It’s more of a squishy/full of feels/coming of age story with “vampire” being a metaphor (of sorts) for any group that gets marginalized/victimized. In other words, instead of picking a “real” minority or a choosing a specific illness with perceived limitations, I chose vampirism.

I HATE the labels society puts on us. Even worse, I HATE the labels I’ve put on myself over the years (lazy, stupid, not good enough, etc.) and this is the book I’ve played with, on and off, in my delusional attempt to address these BIG issues (and more) in a “safe,” young-adult-friendly way.

Writing a novel is hard work! I feel like Captain Ahab and this book has been my whale. But facing my fears has been MUCH harder than the actual writing.

So…not only am I writing once more, I’m playing at making book covers. I made MANY practice covers for imaginary books first, then I made covers for my old Wattpad stories, and then…I made a dozen covers for the book I’d like to FINALLY publish. These are two favorites of that bunch:

Adrift Updated
Cover A
Adrift #3
Cover B

Let me know what you think. Any advice will be appreciated. I am a TOTAL newbie at this cover making stuff. My computer skills are not that great. I am REALLY stubborn so that seems to have helped…but experience is BETTER!!!  LOL

xo Juli


12 thoughts on “Book Cover Reveal: I need your help!”

  1. I’d never even thought of designing your own book cover (traditional publishers have final say about that) — but it seems like a great way to clarify your thoughts about the tone, intended readership, etc. My husband has had several non-fiction books published, so I’ll pass on one of the things he learned: Don’t neglect the spine! Once a book is on the shelves, that’s what potential readers will see — the title and your name. Once, when he got his package of the finished books, he realized that the publisher had left his name off the spine! (He said, “This was the book that was going to make my reputation — and my name isn’t on it!”) A distinctive but highly legible font is also important for a series because it will help the people who liked one of your books to spot the rest when they’re on a shelf — so, when planning a series, consider future titles, too. Best of luck!

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    1. I’m the librarian for my church and I agree with Witness2Fashion that there must be a well-designed spine. It should have the title of the book and the author, and it should look professional, not just black ink on a white spine. Good luck! I voted for Cover A.


  2. I voted for Cover A. It looks more professional, plus I’m not a fan of “boxes”, which I see in the second one. I like a cover that pulls everything together in one picture. I think you do a great job with that in the first cover.


  3. I had to be different and vote for B. 🙂 I like how the series and author names are placed on the front. I think that will give you a “focus” and a way to coordinate the series. 🙂 Just my $.02!

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