Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Ugly is Ugly
Honestly, if you want ugly for your book cover, I won't stop you. I'll gently suggest changes but if you want ugly, you'll get ugly.
What do I mean by ugly?
I had one guy who demanded I do his cover exactly like his bad CreateSpace block cover from the early 90's. A plain black cover with one bad bar with blurry lightening showing. It was sad and not eye catching.
Another woman demanded I use a bad photograph she had with poor picture quality. It transferred horribly. It came out grainy. She truly believed I could magically make this photo perfect. I did clean it up and sharpen it but I couldn't make it a 300 DPI quality cover. It looked like it was underwater.
One writer wanted the cover so busy, it looked like 2nd grade collage project.
And I did it all and I charged them money.
Because the writer asked me to.
I tried to change their minds but my job is to find a balance between what I think will grab the reader and what you want. Sometimes I succeed. Sometimes I don't.
I'm not saying I'm never wrong.
Sometimes what the author wanted made the cover better in the end and I'm willing to try most things.
I want to make you happy. I want to make you a cover that gets you buckets of cash for your work.
Although I did tell the one person that I won't do a pink penis cover. Not because of moral objections, I just hate spending hours photoshopping a pink penis.
So let me help you, okay? I really want to help. And yeah, don't ask me to do a pink penis book cover. A girl has to draw the line somewhere.
Besides some of the covers where the writers worked with me have been fantastic covers. A partnership, not a dictatorship.
After all, your paying me to do it...let me do what you are paying me for.