I’ve gone back and forth a couple of times with the publisher, AEC Stellar, and I think we’ve probably arrived at an agreement.
So now I get to do something fun: design my own cover art. AEC Stellar has people who will do this, but from my standpoint, one of the advantages of working with a small company is that they are willing to let me do my own cover design if I want (and it meets their standards). I realize that most people wouldn’t think this was fun, but I also paint in oils and design jewelry and I’m pretty good at Photoshop. You can purchase excellent photography and illustrations from an online stock provider for very reasonable prices and manipulate these images in Photoshop. I did a lot of this when I was working on marketing materials for Cisco, and I enjoy it.
Here’s my first concept. Do you like it? Dislike it? I’d love to know.
I like it for the most part. My initial (intuitive) reaction, however, is the images of the sky and falling stars (?) sort of implies a sci-fi angle, as opposed to something more folklorish. So I’m not sure whether the story takes place in space. Make sense? Just my initial reaction.
All good points, Cynthia. Thanks for your input!