Wednesday, February 1, 2023

The IWSG & Covers

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh. He, his clones, minions, friends, and fellow authors make it an amazing event every month.

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Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!  

February 1 question - If you are an Indie author, do you make your own covers or purchase them? If you publish trad, how much input do you have about what goes on your cover?

I made the cover for Dancing With Dementia. I loved the experience of learning how to use photoshop and create layers and elements. I enjoyed finding just the right image and choosing fonts and colours.

What I didn't enjoy? The time commitment! And while the result is fine and portrays what I want it to portray, I'm sure the cover will get an update at some point.

I have a talented family member who is terrific with graphics. She enjoys studying fonts and putting the images together. She loves the challenge of branding the series and keeping the look of each series separate. I LOVE the results of her work and I was more than happy to turn over the job of designing covers to her.

What about you? Any talented family members helping you out in your business? Anyone great with graphics and fonts and the rest?


Ronel Janse van Vuuren said...

I like your covers :-)

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

She's done a great job with your covers. They do fit together well.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Your Bloo Moose book covers fit perfectly together.

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

I love your covers! Great to have talent in the family. :)

M.J. Fifield said...

Your talented family member does such a nice job with your covers. I think they look fantastic. I don't have any talent for graphics and fonts and I certainly don't have the patience to figure out how to put everything together, so I always have to hire a cover artist.

A Hundred Quills said...

I like the Bloo Moose covers very much. Though I'm yet to read them. Hopefully soon!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Jemi, your book covers look great. I have no family members helping me with graphics or anything else related to writing.

Elephant's Child said...

How wonderful to have the support of (another) talented family member. Her work complements yours so well.

Kyra Lennon said...

I would love to have a family member who is good with graphics! :D

Natalie Aguirre said...

That's great you have a talented family member. No, I don't have one to help me.

Jemi Fraser said...

Ronel - thanks so much!!

Alex - She's really fabulous!

Diane - thank you - I love how she's done them!

Elizabeth - I agree! Thanks :)

MJ - thank you! I think she's done an amazing job with the branding! I would be lost without her

Sonia - Thank you!

Rachna - Thank you. I'm so glad I've got her.

Sue - thank you so very much!

Kyra - I think we should all have one of those!! :)

Natalie - it's so nice to have someone in our corner

Lee - it is great to have her! Thanks :)

emaginette said...

Don't blame you there. Knowing an artist and letting them loose on a project is definitely the way to go. :-)

Anna from elements of emaginette

Carol Kilgore said...

I don't make my own covers. I know a little about basic graphics, but making a cover requires way more than I'd want to attempt. How wonderful you have such a great family member!

Sarah Foster said...

That's awesome that you have a family member who can do your covers. They look great!

Denise Covey said...

Whoa, you actually enjoyed making the Dancing With Dementia cover. Awesome. It looks fine. But most indies end up changing covers multiple times. I intend to get all mine remade when I finish publishing the books in the queue. So I'm not too fazed by my disappointments.

Fundy Blue said...

Hi, Jemi! No talented family members for me I'm afraid, although I do have some artistic relatives. I think your cover for "Dancing with Dementia" is excellent. Time is my biggest challenge. I'd be getting a professional. Have a creative February!

Debbie Johansson said...

I think it's awesome to have a family member who does them for you. I love the look of your covers, Jemi, they work so well together. She does a terrific job!

Jemi Fraser said...

Anna - I agree! I can see me playing with the program for fun - but I need someone with more talent!

Carol - I'm very, very lucky!

Sarah - thank you - she's terrific!

Denise - I did have fun playing with the program and learning all the ins and outs of fonts and colours... but I need someone with more talent :)

Fundy - thanks so much! I haven't felt the need to update it yet because I love the image of the couple :) Time is such a limited resource!

Debbie - I'm very lucky & I'll pass along the compliment!

Rebecca M. Douglass said...

I really like your cover for Dancing, and wish I could do as well! I don't have any family members of my own, but am generally happy to pay someone else's family member to do my covers, though I would love to be able to do it myself. Just not really in my skill range.

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

It's handy having a family member who does such a great job! I love all your covers.

Patricia JL said...

I can get sucked into finding fonts to use for graphic design. There's so many pretty ones!

Jemi Fraser said...

Rebecca - thank you - it was a lot of fun to make! I don't have the 'eye' my family member does, so I'm very grateful!!

Lynda - thank you - I think she's fabulous!!

Patty - there are!! She's a font fanatic too!

Diane Burton said...

Time commitment. That's a deal breaker for me. That and no talent. LOL Wish I did have a relative who enjoys the work.

Heather Musk said...

I really wish I had someone in the family to help with the graphics side of things, I'm a bit rubbish at it myself. My daughter is currently doing art as a GCSE so maybe I can bring her in on a few projects.
Your covers look great!