Cover Reveal! It Began with a Dream

[Cover design by Robin Ludwig Design Inc. ]

Most of you probably know that I’ve been struggling with the cover design for IBwaD (It Began with a Dream). I love designing my own covers, but, honestly, I’m not a professional. I’ve reached the point where I’ve been pushed to acknowledge that my own designs look too amateur. Effectively, they’re holding my books back. So, I’ve been in the process of scouting cover artists to redo / create these covers for me. I made six prototypes covers for IBwaD, but none of them tested well.

I came across the website I linked to above via another author’s blog post. I fell (to use the idiom) head over heels for one of the premade covers. It fits Domes (WIP) phenomenally well. You’ll see that cover next year. After scrolling through her designs more thoroughly, I picked the above design for IBwaD. After making so many of my own prototypes, it’s harder for me to mentally take a step back and give that degree of creative authority to someone else for IBwaD. That being said, this design fits the themes of the book. It also fits a good number of scenes. I do appreciate it. And I am excited to finally reveal the official cover! 🙂

But it’s another level of humility to acknowledge that my own designs were not able to do enough for this book. I’ll leave the prototypes where you can already find them on the site. I’m actually considering doing a separate post to walk you all through the process and how I came to this decision. I’ve also resolved to redesign my former covers. I’m working with a different artist for Into the Unknown. I’m debating using another of Robin’s designs for Will to Speak (or maybe doing a custom one). Victim is up in the air right now.

This book release has been a wild ride. It was supposed to be out in May (whoops). I want to get it out before November, so hopefully it’ll be released in the next few days. Everything else has been done for a while now – I just needed more time for the cover.

Book launch in 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . .

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