Joanna Bourne compares genre covers with romance covers and offers her angry opinion as a historical romance writer:
What does this say to the world about Historical Romance?
It says, “One Romance book is like another.” It says, “No story inside this book, Ma’m. Just pick one at random.”
This is so much lack of respect.
I hate this.
Check out her visual comparisons: http://jobourne.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/this-is-what-i-hate-about-romance.html
One of Literarium’s features is a directory of services, and cover artists are a perfect example of a service that is a high priority for modern self-publishing authors.
Derek Canyon wrote an interesting post about how he designs his ebook covers. Although he uses a professional artist, he still has to make compositional decisions about the various elements, title, author, etc. Derek makes some interesting points about his approach to trying to stand out in a crowded field, and I thought it was a worthwhile read.
Check it out at: http://derekjcanyon.blogspot.com/2011/06/how-i-design-my-ebook-covers.html
Derek regularly posts interesting information about his journey into self-publishing, so keep an eye on his blog or twitter feed.
Have you had any insights in designing your own covers?