I’ve struggled quite a bit with the question of when to reveal the cover art for my novel, Not Famous. Publication is set for January 15, 2019, but deciding when to reveal the cover had me at a loss. When is the right time? I sought out lots of advice, and heard different opinions on the matter. Based on all that advice, I discovered something: there’s no right or wrong way to do it. Every book, every author is different. I had to figure out the best thing for my novel given my situation.
So, what’s my situation? As a first time author, I’ve found it difficult to generate interest without having other work to point to. It occured to me that talking about a book that is going to happen is all fine and good, but without a cover to show people… something that says “this book is real, and it is happening” I may be hurting my ability to hook people in. I’m also losing time in establishing a brand. So, I decided to reveal my cover sooner than later. So, on November 1, 2018, the cover for Not Famous will be revealed.
Readers of this blog will know I’ve struggled with my book’s cover design for some time. For the longest time I’d settled on a photographic cover which I love to death. But, as this book became closer and closer to becoming a real thing, and I started thinking about the marketing aspect of it, I realized I needed to have my designer start from scratch, to consider the lad lit genre and do something that fit better. Initially, my plan was to use the photographic cover in the US market, and the illustrated cover in the UK and AU markets. But, I was advised against that by Jon Rance, and so after some careful consideration I decided to use the illustrated cover universally. The photographic cover is one that I’ll always love, and maybe I will show everyone eventually, but I know using the illustrated cover is the right choice… and I can’t wait to show it to you.