Tip of the Day: If you are racking your brain trying to come up with first or last names for your characters, check out the US Census Web site.
Are you one of those people that constantly dreams about what their book cover will look like? I wish I was. Because that is the next step (I think) now that I’m done with edits and waiting on copy edits. But I can’t even imagine what mine will look like! My book, The Espressologist, is about a teenage coffee barista that matchmakes customers based on their favorite coffee drinks. So, I’m guessing there will be something with coffee on the cover (See? I stink at this!). Maybe a giant espresso mug? A big espresso bean? I don’t have a clue. Maybe you have to be artistic to be able to think this stuff up? Like one of my author buddies has been making great fan art covers for a bunch of people. Here is the one she did for my book. You can look through the front page of her blog and see the other ones she has done—they are pretty cool. I don’t know how she comes up with them!
Maybe my main character will appear on the cover like she has it? I don’t know. It never occurred to me. I guess she could be in her barista outfit working or doing her espressology matches. That could be cute. And I do somehow sense that brown and pink will be the main colors. I don’t know why I think this—maybe because I like them. :-)
I should probably have some specific ideas for my cover just in case anyone asks me. Which I’m not sure will even happen. I imagine the publisher’s artists decide on the cover and just show me. I’m determined to start spending a set period of time everyday obsessing about the cover now anyway though. Not lots of time—maybe just a few minutes a day. Because it IS such a big deal. The cover might make or break the book. If it is boring and blah readers will just pass by the shelf and not pick it up. I’m a huge cover shopper—I always zone in on the cute covers. So mine just has to be cute!
What about you? Do you dream about the cover of your book? If so, what is your vision? And if you have any psychic powers and can see what my book cover looks like can you let me know?
Kristina, Miss Soon-to-Pub