I have to say that I love window shopping for my book cover. Here are some of the photographs I'm considering for Angel Diaries:
Aren't they gorgeous? I just love them to death. The forest picture though will be for the second book, but the other two photos I'm trying to pick one for the first book. So yeah. Here's the one I'm thinking for Iwishacana/Acanawishi:
This photo caught my eye immediately, but the book is for a younger audience and I think it would lead the reader to assume that the book is for an older audience. So I love the cover, but I'm worried about what people might think what the book is about.
And of course, here's V's cover, which is the easiest.
Of course I'm going to put a giant red V on her chest, and that will be that.
I know that there are still some traditionalist out there grumbling about cost and publisher being able to pick better photographs for my book covers. I use to think the exact same way. I use to think that self-publishers couldn't come up with a professional looking cover and that they automatically looked crappy because they didn't have the resources a publisher does.
There are three words I have for you: Royalty-Free Images.
Yes, I know, hold the applause. It wasn't me who found this new idea but a fellow blogger, Written in Blood, who discussed the idea of royalty-free images. I was curious so I did some research and guess what? It's affordable and professional looking photographs.
The website I went on, mostly, for these pictures shuttershock.com has an on demand option: 5 Hi-Res photos for 50 bucks!
Wipe that shocked look off your faces! Yes, self-publishing can be affordable and done with a professional touch. But I do warn you, window shopping for covers can be addicting and fun!