This short story was the first one I published, so it’s actually my oldest cover. The story itself won a contest, which required the use of a photo of two rock pillars at sea and a wooden door. Pretty cool.
I saw this image and it was “That’s the story.” I actually still like the image, but it also feels a little out of date for me now. Hurts nothing either to shake things up and see if I can get sales by changing it.
You’ll also see here–and you can compare with the new one–on the placement on the text. I’m pretty close to the top and bottom, as well as the sides. When Draft2Digital gets out of beta for print books, I’d have to redo this alone for that reason. There needs to be space for some bleed. At the time, I didn’t know I was supposed to leave that space.
Also with my newer cover knowledge, I probably would have flipped the image and maybe adjusted it down so her hand is pointing to the lower right corner.
It’s a lot of fun looking for images, especially when I find one that makes me go “Wow!” This is a wonderful image.
The text is actually from the dress, which looks white, but has shades of gray. It was tough right around the title, so I duplicated the layer and pulled a dark blue from the sea background. I shifted that behind the title text and adjusted it slightly to the left. You can see the shadow of it on the T, but it makes it more readable.
Also complete the two images and where I have the text placed.
You can find the story here.