It's that time again! I've finally reached the point in the new book From Feathers to Flames to design the cover art for the book.
This one has been particularly challenging because I wanted to do something very different from the other book. I wanted this design on the cover with a dark red background:
There's only one problem with this - I couldn't color in the white feathers or flames without it messing everything up! So rather than continue to tear my hair out and scream at the computer, I decided to quilt the design on fabric instead:
This STILL didn't work because I didn't cut the fabric big enough and it needs more space at the top for the words to fit, and the thread really isn't showing up enough. Grr Grr Grrr!
So finally after all this fighting the cover, I just decided to go back to the cover I used for From Daisy to Paisley and change out the designs and fiddle with the background to make the pretty red color:
The big difference is this time the designs are graphed rather than quilted for this book. For a simple comparison, here's the cover of From Daisy to Paisley:
So whatcha think? I think the white graphs show up much better and on the cover and look very nice. My original graphic design will still be used on the first page of the book so it's not going to waste either.
One thing I know after designing and self publishing two books, cover art is a tricky business. Big publishers probably have a whole team of people fiddling with things here and there to get it perfect. For this book it's just been me playing with different ideas and seeing what works.
I'm pretty pleased with this, though I wish it hadn't taken 3 months to realize my original idea wasn't going to work. Chuck it up to another lesson learned and a reminder to never forget to KISS - keep it simple stupid!
Feel free to share your opinion in the comments below!
Added note - I realized only after the comments started coming in that I forgot some important details:
This new book is going to launch next month! The digital version will be available on August 14th.
The physical, spiral bound version will first prelaunch on September 1st, then probably start shipping towards the middle to end of September. It always takes longer to get the print version just right so that date is still flexible.
Yes, there will be a new Intermediate Level DVD that will launch at the same time! You can see the quilt featuring all 33 designs taught in the DVD right here.
And finally, yes, there will be a 3rd mini book and the three will make up a set of beginner, intermediate, and advanced designs. This last book will be a golden yellow color so the three will tie nicely together.