I have a few talents that I'm proud of, but computer graphics is not one of them. Neither is photography. Therefore I called in some outside help when it came to designing my cover. I hired a company called Damonza and think that the artist, Damon, did an awesome job:
It took a few tries to get it right, though. When brainstorming ideas, I told him that I wanted something dark and intriguing, but somehow relating to music. I initially pictured a flute sitting in pieces on top of sheet music, with a few spatters of blood. But he came up with this:
It's CSI: WIND ENSEMBLE! It's a really cool cover (my husband loves it), but that's A LOT of blood. And there are no murders in my book, so as eye-catching as this cover is, I had to turn it down. Perhaps I can make my next work a murder mystery and use this design.
Next up, he sent me this cool, moody cover, which focuses on the chair that's central to Melinda and Kathy's rivalry:
I like this one very much, too, but my friends determined that it was a little TOO moody and still had too much blood. One friend thought that it's a horror novel, which it most definitely isn't. It's a dark comedy. So if I ever go the Stephen King route, I can use this for that book.
One friend suggested that I lighten the background and have him make it pale blue or green because those are colors that you often see used inside of a school. This was a great idea and I shared her thoughts with the artists. I also asked him to clean up some of the blood, please. And that's how he came up with the cover that I'm now using.
So far, I haven't gotten much feedback on my writing; after all, the book did just come out yesterday so those who purchased it are still reading. But I've gotten many compliments on the cover. I know that I made the right choice in going with this artist and in going with this design. So thank you, Damon, for the fab job! Your brilliant work is much, much appreciated!
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