How is this for a book cover? I took Eric Yankee's advice and I used Canva to design this piece. I like that image a lot; the image I got from pexels by samer daboul. I still want to use my sister's painting, but I have to reduce the glare.
I actually don't know where it went, so it may be forever immortalized as part of my blog.
Anyway, I will see what Eric thinks. He's the expert after all.
11/5/2018 07:47:36 am
Maria Jesu -- I think that at this point, your publisher should be hooking you up with an actual professional designer, for a professional product. This is not a self-published giveaway. A design professional could take this lovely design and make it work technically, so that it is printer and/or e-book ready, as a job and not a favor, and in a timely way.
11/5/2018 11:51:51 am
Hey GF, I am the publisher! Plus, have you seen the shit covers, presses put out? They are ugly as fuck and hard to read online. Anyway, if I ever get a publisher, then yeah, a professional can design the cover. But I am adamant that students be able to download the *.pdf version. You know this is a labor of love for me, unless I lose my job, which is highly unlikely, but not impossible.
11/5/2018 01:10:44 pm
No, I did not entirely know this. Thought the manuscript was being prepared for submission to small presses AND to be available in PDF to your own students. My own experience had been with small press publishers/editors (dancing girl press, Puddin'head Press, Moon Journal). Josephine LiPuma was brought in to the Debris project to design the cover art, then worked with the publisher/editor on layout adjustments.
12/5/2018 05:45:38 am
I know. Automation sucks, and should liberate workers instead of replace them, and I wish I had a small press to work with. But, I figured the short works could be my own, and get a better writing rhythm going so I could submit stories. I plan on doing that this summer. To my joy, I am hitting my writing stride daily, religiously, and producing quality and quantity. The novel, The Harvest, however, I am definitely going to try to send out to presses. I don't care if they are small or large. The other problem is that unless you are know or agented, I doubt anyone will take my story collections. I have two done, but I am taking Yankee's advice and self-publishing one a day. See, your role is super important in all of this work. LOL.
11/5/2018 08:59:06 am
11/5/2018 11:47:23 am
Hey Fabio! Thanks for the design feedback. I will take that into account. I need to try that graphic design sight and see if I can lighten it.
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