That was history--ancient history, ironically. Then came electronic books, a brave new contest and a reading revolution, and inevitably a book cover. I took a deep breath and dove into the Photoshop ocean and tried to swim. I could dog-paddle well enough, but I longed to win Olympic gold. That was not to be. Others assisted me in my cover creations and all was calm. Then a storm whipped up on the horizon, a tempest in a teapot, and blew my book cover away.
So once again, I pulled out my trusty Photoshop and set to work teaching myself everything all over again. The result is that in less than 19 hours I have made a new cover for my novel, AFTER ILIUM. What do you think? It may be bright enough, but does it grab your attention? Especially in a thumbnail form? This is the test for it before I send it out of the nest to fly on its own....
FURTHER UPDATE (FEBRUARY)
|Fantasy Island Book Publishing's own staff artist Ceri Clark created the newest cover, which shall grace all ebooks and print books from here on out.|
Even newer covers made! In response to feedback, I have reduced the "red eye" effect, give Paris some shadow, and popped the title text. This time it only took 2 hours because I still remember how to do it from a couple days ago. It is better now? (Compare to the previous "new" cover below.)
The old new covers:
|front and back covers|
Thanks in advance for your comments.
Here is my Amazon.com author page with links for ebook and print editions of After Ilium.
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