bleach logo

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The adventures of me trying to DIY bleach my sweater pt.1.
I wanted to start with a logo before trying more and chose this one.
Everything went well until i saw that damn bleed out of the lightnings (left) from the mic. Of course something had to go wrong haha (i hope i can fix them somehow)
The mic and podcast font isn’t finished yet. I need to draw them by brush strokes.
It’s the first layer of bleach, so the logo is pretty dark atm (kinda rusty red). I am going to wash it, then bleach again until the logo is white-ish. Then i ’ll add some splatter, drops etc around it, maybe even dip dye/bleach.

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I was really sad when I had to remove my fairy tail vinyl off my car. But when I woke up this morning I found this breathtaking beauty. Even with the sticker gone fairy tail will always be there, and will forever hold a special place in my heart♥♥♥

Stages of Designing a Cover

Don’t judge a book by its cover. That’s how the saying goes, isn’t it? But in truth, that’s rubbish. (Note: I know, I know. It’s not talking about an actual book with an actual cover, but let’s just pretend it is.) The fact is, a book’s cover is its sales pitch even before the reader chances upon the blurb. As a result, a lot goes on behind the scenes – from filling out questionnaires to liaising with designers to a spree of back and forth emails – to turn out a first-rate cover.

Here are some examples of beautiful covers on the YA shelf.

Stage One: filling out a cover sheet. These come straight from the designer and touch on all sorts of helpful questions, like: describe the main character in 50 words or less, including age and hair colour, blah, blah, blah. Here, the author gets to pound out all the little details that have been swirling around in their head. Also, this is their chance to make sure the designer knows what not to do. For instance, when I was giving pointers for UNTOUCHABLE’s jacket, I mentioned I didn’t want faces glaring at me on the cover. I think faces distract the reader, not to mention interfere with the movie in their head, but that’s just me. (It also doesn’t help that a lot of stock models pull weird expressions, like the photographer just farted and they’re trying not to show they noticed.)

Stage Two: seeing the draft for the first time. It goes a little something like this: author opens email, clicks on image attachment. Proceeds to squeal and jump up and down. Gets tired, parks in front of the computer and studies the cover, sharply assessing for chinks. I made sure to shoot the mock-up over to some author pals of mine to see what their thoughts were. In the end, I only came up with one criticism, which was to bleach the publisher’s logo in the top left corner. (Some publishers, especially romance publishers, like to adorn their covers with their trademark logo, but that doesn’t mean I wanted it popping out at me.)

Check out the original, raw draft.

Stage Three: submitting the final version of the cover for approval. Your publisher might have it written into your contract that they get final say on the cover. Mine did. At any rate, the higher-ups loved it, with their one mandate being that the logo didn’t look too faded. It still needed to be visible. That was fine with me.

Here’s what the designer came up with. (This is the final version.)

Isn’t it awesome? I think so. I was fortunate enough to snag April Martinez for my cover, who’s like the Vera Wang of cover designers. She incorporated most of my suggestions, including links to sample stock models I flagged, and added some of her own into the mix. She wasn’t comissioned to design a back cover because UNTOUCHABLE is an eBook and doesn’t need one, but I imagine if it had gone to print, there’d be a similar process for the full wrap. Although there are horror stories floating around out there, for me, drinking in the cover for the first time was hands down the coolest part of getting published.