Pretty much since I started writing I always wanted to create my own covers for my novels. I never knew how–what programs to use, how to get the pictures legally, etc. So I never bothered… Or I would, but I just wouldn’t show it to the rest of the world.
Yet, whenever I can, I try to take pictures of nature or other things that strike me at the time. I tend to use the camera on my phone, which takes great pictures. However, when I learn to use my real camera then I’ll start bringing that with me to places.
I recently got Photoshop and while I took a class on it in high school, it’s an updated version… and I probably still wouldn’t remember how to use it even if it was the same version.
But I did my best and creating graphics can only get better with practice.
It’s simple as I have to work with what I have and what I know. Though I think it came out pretty well, if I do say so myself.
The background was taken from the backyard of the family I babysit for. I took the picture myself with my phone.
I had other ideas for the cover, but as I don’t have a model to act as the protagonist for the cover, I decided to go easy and simple.
Sometimes I think simpler can be better.
I hope this cover does the novel justice!
I would like to say, “It’s not like I’m going to publish this or anything,” but I do plan on putting this story on Wattpad when it’s edited (hopefully by the end of 2016 or very early 2017).
I made a Wattpad account a while ago hoping to get more of my original work out there other than just quick Short Story Sundays. I still haven’t posted anything on there, but I think The Lost Girl will be the first one.
I don’t really think The Lost Girl will be publishable by a traditional publisher and I don’t have the desire to attempt to self-publish it. So I think Wattpad would be a great fit. It would be like the next step up from my blog. Of course, I’ll still continue to give updates on here and let you all know when the next chapter is up.
But that won’t be for a while, so don’t worry about it.
That’s where I stand at the moment. I hope you like the cover. I’m looking forward to actually writing the story in two days!
Good luck to those who are participating in Camp!