One of the other things* I need before I can publish is a cover. I started work on this a couple of months ago, found it depressing and overwhelming, and gave up for a while. Friday I decided to take another stab at it. Today I figured I would post about it and see what people think.
My first concept was simple -- black background, white text, three riings to symbolize "polyamorous romance". I was appalled by the first attempt and decided to try a different color scheme. I'm putting this one up mainly because Lut liked the black & white color scheme better than the one I preferred. The "three rings" are from a public domain photo. The brown-and-gold one below is the first one I considered adequate. The ring image is a modified version of this photo by Jeff Belmonte, which is licensed on CC 2.0.
After doing the one above, I spend some time thinking about what image I'd want if I used an illustration instead of a symbol. I looked at other romance covers for inspiration. This cover, for The Wrong Mr. Wright
, made me think of showing the three protagonists dancing, which is even something that happens in the book. And then I gave up for a while, because my art skillz are not remotely qualified to do a realistic painting.
But since I've been doing all the header illustrations, I figured I could try doing the same style for a cover illustration. I spent Friday and today working at it. It doesn't look like it would take that long, does it?
Also, somehow the ratio on it is different from the others. I am not sure what happened there.
The typeface is Amazone BT (squished and re-kerned here and there). I made a list of 27 different fonts that I already owned and liked for the cover, and then every time I went to actually do the lettering, I used Amazone BT instead of trying one of the others. I dunno what's up with that.
None of these are exactly done; for instance, on the last one I don't like the way the title text interacts with the background arches (I spent a lot of time on those arches! Grrrr backgrounds. Now I have to spend more time on them, or possibly just rip them out. You will see more of these in a future header, and Now You Know Why. Because I am not going to have wasted all that time drawing them.)
Here's a poll if you want to pick your favorite(s):
Which of the three do you think works best as the cover for a polyamorous fantasy romance novel?
Black & white with three rings
Brown & gold with three rings
Illustration of three protagonists dancing
Suggestions welcome! (Though I may not take them, due to time/money/psych lim contraints.)
* There are so many things, you guys. So. Many. THINGS.