A Good Premade Cover Sometimes Does the Job

Sometimes various samples I create for a client as potential covers get rejected. And there I am left bereft with this unwanted, lonely cover. What do I do with it?  Do I send it to the Island of Misfit Toys? Sort of. I pop over to my other cover site, premadecovers4u.com, and upload it there.

Just because a cover doesn’t work for you doesn’t mean it’s not going to work for someone else, and if there’s one thing I hate it’s wasted hard work.  So there my huge selection of unwanted babies sit, hoping to find a home someday. Sometimes they do. Often they don’t.

Premade covers seem to be developing a stigma in the cover underworld, and with good reason. Some people sell one, then they sell it again, and they sell it again. That hardly leaves coveted originality for the discerning self-published author. But that doesn’t happen with me, not even with these, which is probably why I have so many. I want my covers to stand out, to sell, and there’s only one way to do that. Practice, practice, practice.

I’m bringing this up because sometimes I’ll stumble across covers made by someone else in some capacity or another, and although they have great potential I wince because the title doesn’t stand out, or they look like they were rolled out on a counter and cut using a cookie cutter. Sometimes I’ll find another person’s portfolio and weep from the sheet genius – and let me tell you, I can’t compare myself to some people’s genius. Their cover genius is hard to comprehend. Their diversity makes you want to sing hymns. And they charge an arm and a leg for it – rightfully so.

But even so I keep plugging along because I gotta, because I like to, because this is what I do. For now.

If you’re a cover artist who also gets a lot of unwanted covers, changing them up to be different from the *accepted* cover enough to into a premade gallery isn’t a bad idea. It helps you to get your time back. It also lets you show off a little, especially if your favorite just happens to be a cover that was rejected. And then others get to see your work. So you get a two in one deal: you get to show folks “lookit wut I can do” alongside “lookit wut you can buy”.

I don’t really have much more to say than that this morning. Just a random thought inspired by looking at some covers made by other people – both genius and mediocre.