How a SUPAH simple ebook cover design ends in cookie dough…

How to design a cover.

FIRST: Put text over this gorgeous guy and try and convince yourself that the cover needs words.


SECOND: Check fonts for the book KNEE DEEP, that comes before this book, and make sure you’re using the same one. CHECK. Make font big to really SAY something. CHECK. Make sure no words touch that face. CHECK.


THIRD: Play with placement… (I could have attached about 30 pics here, but I’m lazy. Imagine that “SUNK” everywhere but over his face)


FOURTH: Remember that when you first envisioned this cover, you envisioned the title dark, and try that. Realize that you’ve sort of given the hot guy a wordy cloud over his head and that “Shawn’s story” isn’t really readable…


FIFTH: Stare at the Knee Deep cover to remember how Allie worked it so the books can look like they go together. THEY DO! This might be it!! But then you remember that you wanted to write up a blog post on how long it can take to get a cover right, so you go back in and play with a few things to take some more screen shots of your work.


SIXTH: Think to yourself – hey… I maybe like this better, but now maybe the thing at the top is weird… And as cool as it was to have the “Shawn’s story” text over the title, maybe shift it down… Just one more tweak… ONE more…


SEVENTH: hey my name maybe looks better up there… huh…


EIGHTH: I wonder if the dark text would work after all…


NINTH: Go make cookie dough to snarf while you stare at the covers you made, wondering HOW ANYONE EVER DECIDES EVER. (No, I’m still not sure which one I like best)

~ Jolene

(For those interested, this story takes place after Knee Deep ends. This is Shawn’s re-building after the end of Knee Deep, and as hesitant as I was to write a story from the POV of the former abuser, I looooooooved it. Some big realizations for this guy on his journey. You can pre-order FIRST LOVES – the anthology that this story is part of – here)

Published by Jolene Perry

Hiker. Occasional Yogi. Equestrian. Couch potato. Music lover. Mediocre guitar player. Sailor. Tailor. Home body. Traveler. Enjoys suffering from being interested in everything. Co-founder and instructor at Waypoint Author Academy. Rep'd by Amy Bishop of Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret.

7 thoughts on “How a SUPAH simple ebook cover design ends in cookie dough…

  1. This is probably one of the dangers of self publishing. You can change the cover whenever you want.

    Or maybe that’s a good thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

    What kind of cookie dough?

  2. I always wondered how a cover designer worked…although I still wonder where you get your images…assume they are pricey? I like the last cover with the black text best – it looks more apropos to the title itself, although any of them are good.

    1. Pics from some place are hundreds of dollars. From other places, just a few bucks. Every once in a while I find something amazing in the stacks of cheap pics – this is one of them ๐Ÿ˜€

      On Sat, Dec 20, 2014 at 6:39 PM, author Jolene Perry wrote: > >

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