I had all these grand ideas for a book cover. When I decided to self-publish, I also knew that it was up to me to come up with an eye-catching, alluring alternative to the mass-market fare. When I first met in Fernie with Tisha Becker - young designer extraordinaire - I had something like this in mind:
Not bad, if I say so myself, but not that great, either. As Tisha pointed out, "the oil droplet looks too clean, and doesn't convey the right tone." Yup - that's why Tisha's the design pro and I'm the author. I learned long ago in the corporate world to separate the two, and not to step on a good designer's toes. "Let me work with it a bit," she said. Several weeks later she'd come up with the prototype cover for the book.
It conveyed exactly the right tone - the fragility and innocence of a butterfly being menaced off the page by advancing oil, a metaphor in the novel.
Bingo! We tweaked the butterfly a bit - opened up some white space and aligned my name vertically: although an avid reader I'd never seen that before. I love it: after all, it's about the title and the book, not about me. I'm not Stephen King; I'm not anybody for the time being.
Tisha has one of those creative minds that creeps up on you. She's fresh out of design school, and so self-effacing that you want to shake her and tell her she's brilliant, that she's going places she can't imagine at the moment. I can't wait to work with her again. In the meantime, if you're interested in her design services - from book covers to websites, brochures to business cards - you can reach her via email.
Thank you, Tisha. Librarians, booksellers, and naysayers are raving about the cover, even before they've turned a page. What more can an author ask for.