The Anais Collection – Cover from Beetiful
For awhile now I have been thinking about what to do about book covers. As an Indie author, I don’t have access to the same resources available to the traditional publishing companies. Up to this point, my mother has been drawing pictures for my covers, which are very lovely, and then I have been doing a shoddy job scanning them and manipulating them and adding font. Suffice it to say, I wanted to experiment a bit on book covers. So after doing a bit of research, I found that there are individuals/companies who make pre-made covers, and post them on their sites, where you supply the book name and author and they will add your information to their pre-made cover. This seemed a cheaper route then custom covers and I was a little wary of custom covers, because I wanted to know what I was going to get before committing. So I searched online looking for the perfect cover. Easier said then done. Eventually, I stumbled upon Beetiful Bookcovers, and found a great cover. I contacted the website and in a very short period of time, with little fuss, I was sent the cover with my information. This was the cover for ‘The Anais Collection’. I was so happy about how nice it looked and how easy the process was, that I kept looking back on the site hoping to find pre-made covers that would fit the other three books in my series. Alas, nothing seemed quite right. So after some internal debate I contacted the website about making a custom cover for ‘Anais of Brightshire’. And it was just as easy. I found a picture on Shutterstock that required some manipulation, and Beetiful Bookcovers supplied me with the perfect cover. My Amazon ranking and sales are up, and I am a happy camper. I still need to update ‘Anais of the Stolen Road’ and ‘Anais of Gable’s House’. I will likely try to do this next year in the spring. I am looking for the good starting pictures, on Shutterstock and saving my pennies. Anyway, the message is – if you are looking for an awesome pre-made or custom cover, and you are looking for a company to work with that is fast and effective – my recommendation is Beetiful.
Although I must be mad, I signed up for NanoWrimo this year. Considering that I am 7+ months pregnant, it seems unlikely that I will finish. I find myself easily distracted these days. Nevertheless, I did sign up. My username is jrobyn. If anyone else out there is doing it, I need some writing buddies so please add me. I’m also posting my ‘draft’ on Smashwords for the duration of November. So go take a look.
I posted Anais of Brightshire on the new hunttoread.com website. I am curious about their analytics capability. I may wait a week or so and then post a screenshot of the information they provide.