Thursday, 9 February 2012

Do you design mock covers?


One of my worst forms of procrastination is designing mock covers. Sometimes they are for novels and other times for short stories, and even though I should probably be writing instead, I get a creative buzz from searching for pictures and writing suitable captions. It somehow helps to solidify the novel or short story, making the idea more concrete in my mind.

For both of my works in progress I have designed and printed mock covers. They will probably look nothing like the real cover, should I be fortunate enough to see them published, but I have them framed and on the wall above my writing area. They remind me of what I'm pushing for - a published novel.

Do you create mock covers? If so, how helpful have you found them in inspiring and motivating your writing? If not, will you consider designing a mock cover in the future or are you leaving it to the professionals once you've got a publishing contract?

As always, I'm interested to know your thoughts.

25 comments:

  1. Some great stories have been inspired by a picture, so let your mind wander and come up with covers for ideas not yet concived, let alone written. Creativity can be sparked by anything, particularly something visual.

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  2. I am not design talented, really, so I don't do mock covers, but I do think this is a cool way to procrastinate. Me, I do housework and play Crunchy Munch. I also read. Anything to keep from staring at that blinking cursor.

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  3. I lack anything approaching design talent, but this sounds like a lot of fun :) I must give it a try!

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  4. Oh I can see the immense appeal. How do you do yours? I would love to know what you use and how you go about creating the perfect cover for your npvels.

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  5. I never have, but I can definitely understand why you would find it rewarding.

    Dave
    Dave Wrote This

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  6. I do design my own covers, but I never touch them until the story is ready for publication.

    But then I used to create print advertising for a living, so I'm a little more comfortable building an image from scratch to reflect the copy.

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  7. I wouldn't know where to begin. I'm all thumbs when it comes to that. I still haven't figure out Picasso through Blogger out completely.

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  8. i just design... i make stuff and spend hours perfecting something that no one will ever see. i hope that someday someone will ask to see my work, then... i will. the biggest fear is i die and then someone finds my work... then sell me out.

    oh anyone want a book cover, i do those for less than most please check out some of my work...

    Jeremy
    eBook Art & Designs

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  9. I've never designed a mock cover, but I imagine it's very inspiring!

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  10. This is actually a really nice design! Yes, I used to design mock covers ... when I had time! :-/ PS: Congrats on making the top 75 blogs!

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  11. Oh whoops! Different Ellie! :-/ *hides face*

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  12. I'm actually working on a real cover so I release some of my short stories. The things has been through many variations, but I think I finally have it the way I want!

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  13. Awwww this book cover is so lovely!! Good for you! It's not a talent I possess so I'm in total AWE!! I think if doing this spurs you on - why not?!?! Yay for you! Take care
    x

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  14. That's awesome you do that, Ellie. I wouldn't even know where to start! I think if it gets your creative juices flowing, and encourages you to write, go for it!

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  15. Hi Ellie. Nice cover! I'm going the Indie route, so I have been playing around with designing covers. It is so much fun!

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  16. I'd be shocked if a writer said they didn't at least consider the book cover.

    Maybe they don't have the artistic talent to put a design together or the software. But the appearance of the book is as important as the title.

    And yes, I did find a great photo on a friend's blog and asked permission to use it as my inspiration. And possible/eventual book cover.

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  17. That's a great cover design! I do sometimes think about covers, come up with mental images in my mind, but I haven't messed around with anything concrete.

    Then again, I'm not that skilled in the visual arts :P

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  18. Great cover! :)

    I've created a couple mock covers. I don't find them to be a huge source of inspiration, but they're fun to make.

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  19. If it inspires you in your writing, then I wouldn't dismiss it as procrastination!

    I've never even thought about a mock cover. I think my equivalent procrastination is drawing the towns and palaces and space ships littering my novel. That is a great creative release, and also helps me with the writing process.

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  20. Ha! I know you didn't but you might have read my post from last November http://sandra-linesofcommunication.blogspot.com/2011/12/apple-and-serpent-not-working-on-voyage.html
    (and the following day which shows the cover) but I hate the idea of anyone but me designing my book covers. As for inspiration - Lisa Ricard Claro's Book Blurb Friday http://www.writinginthebuff.net/ provides a weekly photo to turn into a book cover - which I have found truly inspirational - was the source of my NaNoWriMo 2011

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  21. Its so amazing blog! It somehow helps to solidify the novel or short story, making the idea more concrete in my mind. I like it.

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  22. to date, i've not... though thought to do so at some point

    usually have a graphic as a prompt for a tale, gleaned from the net...

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  23. Never have done that but I can really see the sense of it. But, yeah, a good way of procrastinating ...

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  24. What an excellent form of procrastination! I can identify really well with it ;-) Yes, I make covers for my work, but since I'm self-publishing some stuff, they're not mock covers. They're covers that will actually be used! Scary and cool at the same time :-)

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  25. I'm not sure I have anything I haven't made a cover for! :-) I've only written short stories too so the "cover art" can sometimes take longer than the writing itself. It's part of the whole experience for me, I guess.

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