Pink Floyd. I’ve always been a Pink Floyd fan. Hubby is a mega-fan, and it’s not unusual to hear Floyd blaring from the den. I’ve had a Pink Floyd lyric running through my head this past week: “Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!” Leave them kids alone. The words shift; the tune remains, “Hey! Maddie! Leave them covers alone!” I’m not making this up. It’s in my head, and it’s annoying.
This evening, I approved the final artwork for the rework of my first cover. I’ve read plenty of articles about covers, and thought I had everything under control. A little more research tonight turned up some interesting tidbits, as there is a plethora of articles related to the mistakes of indie authors. Ha! Here we go again. I compared my covers to the tips. All of these helpful hints appeared in more than one article:
1. Do not use a family member or relative to do your artwork. – FAIL
2. Sexy covers are hot right now. – FAIL
3. Do not put your name in small type in the lower right or left corner. – FAIL
4. Do not clutter your cover. Design around one element. – FAIL
5. Quit messing with your cover. Pick a design and stick with it. – FAIL
6. Changing the cover art can attract new buyers. – PASS – Yeah! I passed one! Oh, wait. Basically the change was from one of a boring cover to one of the steamy sex god and goddess covers. – FAIL
I’m happy with my covers. They certainly portray the pink, fluffy, fun, not-too-serious, theme of the books. I think I’ll keep them.