Happy book birthday to Book Country member Alex Rosa–her latest book, FAHRENHEIT, pubs today!
When I found out that Alex designed this gorgeous, sexy cover for FAHRENHEIT herself, I had to find out more. Alex explains her DIY approach to cover design below.
Everyone says, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” which is true, but you can’t help but “oohh” and “aahh” over an enticing one. Although we aren’t supposed to take a book at face value, it should still exemplify what the book holds inside at least a little bit, which is what we are all trying to go for as authors in this ever evolving world of publishing. Here’s how I designed my book cover.
FAHRENHEIT (out today!) is my first leap into the erotica genre, and since it has some risqué subject matter I knew it was important for the cover to feel edgy, sexy, and forbidden. I have a plethora of tools to work with in Photoshop (an Adobe design program), but I knew I wanted an illustrated look to the cover rather than people or places. I wanted something more conceptual rather than realistic.
If you’re choosing to design the cover yourself there are many stock image websites where you can find illustrations and photographs to license.
Recommended stock image websites:
- Dreamstine: http://www.dreamstime.com/
- Adobe Stock: https://stock.adobe.com/
- iStock: http://www.istockphoto.com/
- Shutterstock: http://www.shutterstock.com/
- Creative Market: https://creativemarket.com/photos
If you can’t find a stock image you like, you can also consider seeking out a favorite photographer that might have a photo in their portfolio for you to license for a fee. Continue reading