When you go check out an e-publisher, what's the first thing you look at? How many authors they have? What sort of genre's they're releasing? What they seem to have the most of and what they could use more of (as in, would they be interested in your book?)? Their submission guidelines or about the publisher? No… chances are, like me, like my friends, the first thing you look at is the cover art. After all, that's what's going to represent your book, should you get that much sought after contract. If you have a bad cover, your book is suddenly tarnished and you have no desire to show that baby off or market what you worked so hard to achieve.
And that, my writing darlings, is a tragedy.
No one, and I do mean no one, should have to suffer through the tears of bad cover art. Ever. This is why I've spent the last two years learning how to design covers. I've seen too many friends shed tears over bad art. A friend of mine once had a cover so horribly bad, all you could focus on was the large yellow wooden eyeball staring back at you. She went home and quickly drew her own cover. While it wasn't her dream, it was way better than the eyeball… I can't draw, so if I wanted to make sure that wasn't me, I needed to learn how to manipulate images. No easy feat, let me tell you, and the hours I've spent learning could have written three books by now. We won't focus on that though… shhhh…
A good cover will not only bring attention to your book, but will make it memorable. Everyone will "ooh" and "aah" and you'll smile and feel good, just like you did when you received the news the publisher wanted to contract your baby. At Astraea, the owners want you to love your cover art, and they've gone to great lengths to make sure you get exactly what you've envisioned for your book. They want you to be proud and excited. Because, let's face it, everyone judges a book by its cover, just as everyone judges an e-publisher by their covers.
I'm really excited to have been given this amazing opportunity to work with you, future authors of Astraea, and to work with the wonderful women who are running this company. They've had offers, and still, they chose me. I'm going to continue to work hard and strive to be one of the best cover artists out there, providing one of the greatest marketing tools the publisher, and you, the author can have: A beautiful cover.