I don’t usually read reviews of my novel, The Clearing, mostly because for every fifty glowing reviews, I’ll remember the one negative comment someone made. So I tend to avoid the whole scene altogether. But in the reviews I have read, the one complaint people seemed to have the most was about the cover.
Now, we all know that, in spite of everyone’s encouragement to the contrary, we ALL judge books by their covers.
Don’t deny it. You know it’s true.
Since I didn’t have hundreds of dollars to spend on a professionally designed cover for The Clearing, I kinda just threw something together and called it a day. I didn’t take into account how important a good cover is. And you know what’s really sad about that?
I friggin’ majored in graphic design, people. Well, sort of. My degree is in advertising, but anyone else who’s majored in that particular field knows that, like, 75% of what you do is graphic design.
So, in theory, I could’ve done a much better job. Except that I don’t have the money to buy the fancy design software. So I did kind of a lame job instead.
This is The Clearing’s first cover:
And this is the new cover I just made for it… FOR FREE.
It’s not as fancy as some HarperTeen cover would be, but I really like it a lot more. What do you think? I just like the color scheme a lot more, and I loooooooove the font!
Oh, PS – If you try to order it in the next couple days, you won’t be able to because of the cover switcharoo that is happening. But soon, it will be back on the market. Patience, young grasshoppers. Patience.
Seriously though. What do you think? Better? Worse?