Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I has cover art!

As most of you know, I self-published my light-hearted werewolf tale, The Amazing Transformation of Wicca Dog, on Smashwords for *free* download. My friend, Alana, did the cover art and I frankly want to brag about how awesome it is.

She owns a print shop and was finding designing business cards to be a bit dull these days. So, she was quite happy to do the cover art in exchange for beer and popcorn (my kind of gal). I filled out a cover art sheet and sent it to her. I asked for a retro science fiction or horror movie poster look.

She was shocked that cover artists didn't read even parts of a book to get the feel for it. She was even more shocked that some authors didn't even have input at all, especially with bigger houses. However, she did note that suddenly this made a lot of sense - apparently, as a graphic artist, she found a lot of covers didn't match the story inside.

I love the work that she did and I'm so proud to have it attached to my work.


Wicca Dog is available for free download here.


Dawn Embers said...

That is a great cover. I sometimes wish the novel cover of books I read would have something to do with the novel. But oh well.

Barbara Elsborg said...

What a lucky girl you are to have a talented friend like that!! Super cover!!!!!

Cate Masters said...

Very cool cover! And eye-catching. I love that title too!

Arlene said...

I'd brag if I had a friend that talented too. The poise, the contrast between the red eyes and the outline, that's one awesome cover.

Jay Di Meo said...

Wonderful cover, Krista! And you know I love the story. Great job!

Maria Zannini said...

Speaking as a former graphic artist and art director that IS an awesome cover.

Great art. The cover gods have smiled on you.

Krista D. Ball said...

I've sent Alana this link so that she can bask in the comments :)

Dawn - I really wish I read more covers where the cover matched the story inside! I can't remember its name now, but several years ago I read a book where it had a man and a woman holding hands on the beach. Problem - there was no beach in the story and there was no female love interest.

Rebecca Leigh said...

One of my favorite romance books is Son of the Morning by Linda Howard. Neither the name nor the picture on the cover go with the story at all. To me this is a shame for such a good story!

I like your cover! Very cool!!

Alana G. said...

Aw - thanks everyone! I am definitely basking Krista!
I am very honored to work on this for Krista, and am thrilled the comments are so positive!
Thank you!!!